Of course. And the only way I stay sharp is by thinking and talking about and working on technique and knowledge of the sport.]
I totally agree, if I didn't talk to others about things and stuck to my own staunch beliefs I wouldn't evolve at all.
There are a couple of reasons why I don't like the snapping motion, and don't think it's effective.
Firstly, I think that a lot of people use it as an excuse to take the emphasis of the hips. This is, of course, just bad form, but I think that when the snapping motion becomes a part of the techniques, the hips become de-emphasized. I see this alot with point-sparring guys and guys who spar for speed.
Secondly, and more importantly, I think that the snap kick allows your opponent to move into the strike in ways which minimize the damage by virtue of the leg not being fully extended. I've found that stepping in to check snapping kicks is pretty easy and seriously reduces the impact.]
On the first point, I agree that when it comes to throwing with the snap, it can take the emphasis off the rotation of the entire body, but thats the point of proper technique, before any kind of advanced development like the snap.
On the second point, I've never really considered the implications of moving inside the radius of the strike before it reaches full extention in the snap, I assume while using a deflective block. In doing that you very well might be able to throw your opponent off balance momentarily and create an opening to shoot...very sneaky Ironman! Thanks for opening my eyes to this inherent weakness, I'll need to keep it in mind.
The worry about the toes is a legitimate one.
I added the bit about the metatarsus because it's a common injury that I see in the gym, with guys who throw the kick. It periodically lands the top of the foot on the elbow, which can cause some serious damage.
It is true that you can minimize damage to the ankle and ball of the foot by toughening them up. Still, the risk for serious injury is still there, especially against a hard check, in a way that it isn't with the shin kick.
Yeah, I've landed with my metatarsus more than once. It hurts like no other, but its a reminder to have proper form and to be wary of throwing the wrong kick against the wrong opponent at the wrong time. But in some cases, using just a shin kick limits where and when you can strike, and I don't like those kinds of limitations, my opponent controlling where I can hit him, at my favored distance.
Yeah, the more techniques and variability, the better. What I've found is that there is no running from an opponent who wants to clinch and get the takedown. The best defense is to land strikes to make them worried about closing the distance.
But that's just my experience working with strikers, as the guy on the receiving end of that tactical decision.
Thanks for this bit, any kind of look into the psyche of a Mixed Martial Artist who tends to like any specific area is greatly appreciated. My sparring parter occassionally goes for clinches or even takedowns(some instances are me pulling guard)but he is in no way a grappler and an understanding of the versed grappler's mind is a great advantage in my opinion.