UFC/MMA Kicks: “The Question Mark” Kick
Someone asked if KaizenTao has kicks and if so, if I had heard of the “Question mark kick they do in the UFC made famous by Luke Rockhold?”
I replied that we have some traditional kicks but I’d never learned UFC’s Q.M. kick. I only know of roundhouse kicks which can be launched directly, indirectly, singly or consecutively. It is best when preceded by a believable low line feint usually in the form of a stomp kick to the knee or groin.
It amuses me how today’s UFC/MMA fans truly believe Anderson Silva invented the front kick he’d used to K.O. Vitor Belfort, and that Luke Rockhold is the progenitor of the indirect roundhouse kick. I’m glad their successes has given folks a new found respect for the kicking arts after so many years of being told “All fights are won on the ground”. I’ve seen plenty of folks get knocked out in street fights to know that that isn’t always the case. Former UFC champ Vitor Belfort, a formidable BJJ black belt is seen here eating an Anderson Silva foot-long sandwich:
Don’t get me wrong, I love all forms of ground fighting and some of my students are Judo, BJJ instructors and wrestlers. What I don’t love are the wrong assumptions and stereotypical beliefs which puts people at risk. This is why we respect and learn from all sources of wisdom and strive for continual growth.
This is an old clip of a class with first responders, bouncers, MIL, LE, martial artists. In fact, one of my students in this class is a 7th degree Black Belt who studied directly under General Choi Hong Hi, the founder of Tae Kwon Do, ITF organization. The demo partner is Nick Kiritz Sensei, a 4th dan black belt under Mitsugi Saotome- Aikido Schools of Ueshiba and a certified Model Mugging National Self-Defense Trainer. At this time, he felt strongly, as many non-kicking practitioners usually do that high kicks won’t work in a street fight. And I quote, “You can see them coming from miles away, and they can be easily be grabbed, not withstanding the lack of balance from standing on one leg, etc.” The usual reasons offered to exclude a perfectly viable tool from your combat arsenal.
Therefore, I decided to show a few kicks to test the tiresome axiom. Their reactions spoke volumes.
A properly executed high kick is felt and not seen. Its success largely depends on your experience and skill level, distance management, setup and the opponent’s state of mind. It is definitely not a high percentage technique or Go-to move by any stretch of the imagination, nor should it be discounted or mocked.
I’d been using these kicks to great effect long before Luke Rockhold and Anderson Silva introduced them in the Octagon. I like to remind my students- Those who don’t think high kicks work, probably haven’t eaten one yet. Stay humble people!
Enjoy your Paths!