MMA Guard up when kicking?

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  1. rtzcom

    rtzcom bon wons! fight slepa for life sone!~

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    When throwing roundhouse kicks...do you guys keep both arms up to guard, or do you the muay thai style where you have one arm extended out (for momentum) and one palm blocking your face as you swing?

    I've encountered 2 schools of thought about this. There are guys who would prefer a solid guard up at all times, while others prefer some extra swing in their kicks.
     
  2. CyberEye

    CyberEye Oh god, the voices

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    I usually just keep one up and use the other for momentum
     
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    I swing the arm. It's worth the momentum of the kick, and you should be able to defend your face well.
     
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    I keep my hands up as much as I can
     
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    I was initially taught to keep my guard up and got used to doing this. The guy thats training me now is trying to break the habit...he does it thai style. I like thai style better, my kicks are ALOT nastier and I haven't been doing it like that for long (he also made some other slight adjustments).

    One thing to think about though...I noticed while holding the pads for one of my training partners that he (when throwing a right kick) swims with his right and simultaneously drops his left, just for a second, before bringing it across to guard his face. He leaves himself wide open for a right straight. I started paying attention and noticed a lot of people do this...watch out for it.
     
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    thai style.
     
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    Thai style. Keep your other hand gaurding your face, and step off the centerline when throwing, and you'll be alot safer.
     
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    :werd: step off to the side first. Hard for them to counter the kick with the right straight, when you're not standing in front of them.
     
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    QFT. If they like to throw the right, I'll wait for it, use that step to dodge their fist, and blast their midsection or leg at the same time. Counters FTW! Bruce Lee would be proud...LOL.
     
  12. Trisomy21

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    I've stolen the Thai kicks as well. Honestly, I've never been hit with anything having my guard up would have protected me from while kicking. Usually more worried about them catching my leg.
     
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    I'm not a Muay Thai fighter. I take whatever works from wherever, so when I took MT for a bit I kept the kicks among a few other things.
     

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