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Discussion in 'Standup Technique' started by Kintas, Nov 4, 2005.

  1. Kintas

    Kintas White Belt

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    With all the threads popping up recently of people posting videos for critique and advice, I figured I'd add one of my own! I've got another name around the forums that I normally post with(Not really a white belt, just sparing myself the embarassment! :icon_twis )

    So, let me know what you think! I took the video inside on my lazy ass webcam, so please ignore the horrible resolution and framerate. I don't have a heavy bag to work with, so mine is all shadow-boxing, which can make the technique look a little awkward(also why I used all knees instead of kicks) My left ankle was broken a month and a half ago, so my pivots might also look a bit weird.

    The videos are hosted on Putfile, the First one is a 75 degree side view, the second is a frontal view. Each video is timed and executed to the first 1 minute of Bas Ruttens Muay Thai Workout CD. For those that haven't yet tried these out, I highly recommend picking up the workout CD's for some home-training when you can't make it to the gym.

    http://media.putfile.com/Kintas---Side-View

    http://media.putfile.com/Kintas---Front-View
     
  2. Soulfly

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    Pretty good looking to me.
    Maybe you should also try angling different directions? Kind of gives your shadowboxing a 3D feel to it.
     
  3. Reakt

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    man i cant even view it, fuck putfile.com!!!
     
  4. SmashiusClay

    SmashiusClay Avatar of Cyttorak

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    Would love to give you a hand mate, but it does'nt seem to work. If its obvious what I'm doing wrong and I'm just being a pleb someone please point it out to me.
     
  5. Guards

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    As far as I know, Putfile is a site that you have to visit directly, not one you can Right Click->Save As or anything. Your best bet is to have the newest version of Windows Media Player when you click the link, and watch it from the site. However, for those who are still having any difficulty there, I went through my internet files and pulled the two video's out since I'm bored at 3 AM and have nothing better to do than help a fellow out. :) They're up on Yousendit... I forget which order I put them in, I think this one was the Side View:
    http://s10.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=31VGKUCFSX3S80DWAGC9KTFDVQ

    Front View:
    http://s10.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=3RZNCD03HATMW3S2G5V07WTSSG

    A few of your left hooks seem a bit short or weak, but if your ankle was really hurting, I could see how that factors into a few of those punches being cut dry.

    Right now I don't have much longer to post though, and I really should be getting to sleep. I'll take the time to add my own critique whenever I have some spare time this weekend!
     
  6. SmashiusClay

    SmashiusClay Avatar of Cyttorak

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    i seem to be missing whatever codec is necessary to run this file if wnyone knows do let me know.
     
  7. HeyHEys

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    dont twist your leading leg while hooking if you do mma or mt... for pure boxing this is ok
     
  8. SmashiusClay

    SmashiusClay Avatar of Cyttorak

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    Ah, success.

    Good, you're keeping your hands nice and high and protecting your jaw while keeping your chin tucked, I was expecting that to be the first thing but am pleasantly suprised. Oh, and for someone recovering from a broken ankle that was rather good, i see much worse every time i train.

    not sure if this was deliberate because you choose the two angles to film from, but you'll find your footwork gets much better if you keep changing anlge and dont stay in one plane (you probably already knew that Bas does keep shouting at you about it afterall).

    The first thing that I think would help you would be to relax, you seem way too tense. getting some of the tension out of your shoulders especially would make your shadowboxing flow much better. You might also benefit from slowing down a bit as it does look a little hurried at the mo.

    The next thing i spotted was in your footwork (always the first thing to watch IMHO), as you move back out of a combination and then start to come forward again you seem to be a little flat footed and if i was fighting you this is when id be looking to attack (I love broken rhythmn, works every single time its like doing the jedi mind trick to set up shoots, even when people know its one of your favourites there's really not much they can do about it, in fact the jedi mind trick seems to work best when your opponent knows its coming.. but i'm flying off on a tangent). One thing my old thai boxing coach would always talk about, if even done it now and again, is to put chalk on your heels. The idea is that your heels should never be in conact with the ground so when you can see chalk marks on the floor you know it went wrong. Again if you've broken your ankle this may be something that you cant really fix right now but its worth keeping in mind.

    when you throw a straight right before a knee, you stop the punch a little short and don't really commit to it, I guess this is because you're thinking too much about the knee that has to follow and this means your punch suffers. this is something i used to have trouble with especially with the strike before my lead roundhouse kick. Slowing down slightly and really concentrating on good form for each technique will overcome this.

    Your uppercut is beng telegraphed pretty heavily so id try and throw it a bit more smoothly and with less of a wind up.

    When you knee you are letting your lower leg come forward and your toes are in front of the knee, if you hit your opponent's knee with your toes doing this it will hurt like hell (I know i've been there). try to point your toes and pull the lower leg back a bit and this will help avoid injury.

    I hope i've been able to help in some way.

    Oh, and nice shorts BTW :)
     
  9. Kintas

    Kintas White Belt

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    Hey, thanks for all the advice there. Alot of my footwork is very confined, as you mention, for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost, the ankle injury prevents alot of lateral movement still. Left sidesteps make me feel like I'm about to collapse or roll it again, and right side-steps don't have much force because of pushing off from an injured leg! :icon_twis Also, being indoors, I'm about 10 feet away from that camera, and I had to push all the furniture out of the way. Limits most of my room for movement and maneuvers. A few steps closer to the camera, and my head/feet get chopped off, and I'm standing about 8 inches from the chairs and tables you see in the background, so I couldn't go any farther that way! :) When I am outdoors or in a ring-sized area, I move quite a bit. Lateral movement is one of my favorite tools, when I can use it! Especially watching this season of Ultimate Fighter, you always, always, always hear Rich Franklin coaching his fighters to keep moving in the stand-up so their opponent can't get 'Set' and line up the power shots.

    My Right straight is pretty static, I can see that now. Thanks for that one! It's an old habit of mine that I would cut techniques like that about 3-4 inches short when I don't have a target to impact with. Most of my training these days is done from home, with no bags or pads. I think it helps protect your knees and elbows from hyperextending, but I'm not so certain about that anymore. I have a tendency to throw it like a weird powershot, I think. I throw it pretty hard, and then jerk it to an abrupt stop before my full range of motion, instead of snapping it out and back like a whip.

    The Uppercut thing is some useful advice. I've got to phase that movement out. It's originally something I integrated into my training because I always think of the uppercut as counter-punch, so I still mentally visualize bobbing/slipping under a jab or straight punch. But I do that everytime I throw the uppercut now. Should the upperbody and legs really have anything to do with your normal uppercut, do you figure? Or should it be mostly thrown like a straight, as far as the hip/foot movement and twist is concerned?

    The advice on the knees is one of the things I really, really needed. I've never been formally instructed on the technique for a knee-strike, so I wasn't sure if the toes stayed up, or pointed down. I didn't really have any of the specifics on it. Conversely, when checking a low-kick or raising the armor, do you recommend pointing the toes or pulling them up?

    And, the shorts are actually my swimsuit. :D I don't have any other shorts, and I didn't think the technique would show through as clean if I was wearing pants. Don't worry, I never wear them outside the house. Only on the internet!
     
  10. SmashiusClay

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    When checking a low kick point your toes down, One of my old favourites when I feel like doing something a lttle bit clever is to throw a few body kicks and get my opponent into the habbit of chacking them with his shin I thern throw a mid kick that changes height halfway along its path and goes underneath the raised defending leg. It does'nt have much power but makes a rather nice sweep that lands my partner on their back. Anyway the point is that one time i did this on someone who did'nt point his toes when blocking kicks and instead of going underneath his leg my shin hit his toes head on. From the way he whimpered I'm guessing it hurt quite a bit.

    Uppercuts are a tricky business, to throw one you need to bend the leg on the same side as the punch and extend as the punch drives upwards so the power really comes from your leg. tyhe problem is that you must'nt set it up with a massive lurching movement to one side or else you may as well put up a neon sign. i find the shoulder movement into an uppercut is pretty close to the set up for a hook and there should be a comparable movement away from your guard to set up the path of the punch.
     

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