Hey guys! It's been a while since I've posted; a few things have changed in my day-to-day life since my somewhat controversial split decision loss at Bellator 123.
For starters, I've quit my day job. I need to be able to train more so that I can reach my full potential in this sport before I'm too punchy. But I still need to make money, so I teach private martial arts lessons. A number of my clients have asked me for videos detailing how to do this or that technique. And while I've obliged a few of them, I think that there are more fun videos to be made than "how to jab" or "how to round kick."
As such, I give to you Feinting 101!
Whether you're a boxer, kickboxer, or MMA fighter feinting will add a new level of depth to your gain and it's one of the lowest hanging fruits for fast improvement.
THanks man! I'm fairly speedy, although the gentleman next to me in the video is far quicker. One of the great things about feints, though, is that they can make you appear far faster than you actually are. If you get your opponent to misstep and/or misread your intentions, it seems to them as if you just teleport up in their space -- anime style!
I intend to follow up with one or two more videos on feints (that won't be held vertically lol). One will discuss the different ways that feints can be used aside from setting up an attack like in this video and one on combinations or attack series' that have feints already woven into them.
If you guys have any ideas on topics I should cover, please make suggestions!
Highly opinionated but out of touch with the current MMA scene.
I'm not sure whether it just look like it, because of the video quality, but I have the impression that your friend, when jabbing, pulls his guarding right hand back and leaves his face open to counter jabs of your own. You may want to check on that with him.
Anyways, suggestions for feints (to add some punch-kick/kick-kick feints to the punch-punch feint in your video):
- One that is pretty easy, but works very well is a front kick - question mark kick combo: 2-3 front kicks to the belly to make your opponent lower his/her guard and then starting a front kick, but in mid-kick motion going high to the head with a round house. This question mark kick has not the same power as a regular round house kick, but it's way harder to predict where it lands.
- hook-spinning back kick combo: 1-2 jab - hard left hooks to your opponent's head making him pulling up his guard, then visibly loading up for what looks like another real hard left hook, so your opponent pulls up his guard again (opening his body) and makes a step back (placing himself for you into kicking distance), but you deliberately miss with your hook right in front of his face to obstruct his vision and turn further into a spinning back kick to the liver.
- low kick - rear lag attack: 1-2 jab-cross-low kick combos, making your opponent anticipate more low kicks to come and pulling his leg up to check the next low kick, but after the next jab-cross combo your "low kick" goes lower under his lifted lag and is actually aimed at his standing rear lag. That attack doesn't have the same power as a regular low kick, but can work like a sweep and put your opponent off balance so that you can follow up.