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Shin Breaking Will Never Be an Epidemic

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Anderson

So after the UFC fights last night, I searched my twitter and Facebook walls and notice the usual talk of the action in the cage. As expected, most felt sorry for Anderson Silva who suffered a horrific shin break after his kick was checked in the second round. However the talk seemed to take on a new life, as I studied the trainers and coaches in the sport. It seems like all of them had an opinion on why it happened and how to avoid it. This was in response to their students, who in bunches started asking how it happened and if it could happen to them. As a coach of several UFC level fighters and high level kickboxers, I too got many texts and questions about the shin break. I hope to assure all of you that this is really rare and how it shouldn't effect how you teach techniques.

First of all, the main reason this scares everyone is because of who it happened to. Its just like steroids, who gets caught is what makes us take notice. If this happened to some undercard guy it would have been sad, but no one would have talked about it. Its because it happened to an all time great, who resume wise, showed way more muay thai skill sets than his opponent. If it were to happen to anyone, it should't have been Silva. No one imagines themselves a journeymen, but as a great. So when we see someone great get hurt, it reminds us of our own frailties and inabilities. If it happens to an undercard fighter, than that fighter was just unlucky, if it happens to a legend, than we feel that no one is safe, because these athletes are have dream careers, and no one gets injured in dreams.

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Glory Moving Forward After GLORY 9 New York

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If there is one reason why I will never leave the kickboxing sport, it is because the product rarely fails to deliver. This was accomplished once again in New York, as the best kickboxing promotion in the world made its way to the States for the first time. Glory 9 featured a 8-man Light Heavyweight tournament, bringing in a lot of the best 209 pound (95kgs) kick boxers from around the world. They also filled the super fights with top ten heavyweight competitors and a chance to look at several of the Road to Glory products on the biggest stage. The main Glory card used a representative from each US Road to Glory tournament, with the exception of the recent Super Heavyweight tournament done a week earlier.

As I mentioned in the opener, and despite the black eye left by the Ref decision in the last bout of the night, the product delivered. A fighter announced himself to the world, as Wayne Barrett, 1-0 into his pro career, took out middleweight Road to Glory winner Mike Lemaire. Wayne introduced an awkward style and exceptional athleticism, making himself one to watch moving forward. We got confirmation; Joseph Valtellini performing as advertised with his dominate low kick win, Rico Verhoeven overcoming a mental lapse to out-kickbox Errol Zimmerman, and Danya Illunga showing why he was so hittable, yet incredible in his run to the top of 95kgs. The stars performed, Daniel Ghita delivering a multi shot combo KO, just a few months removed from being on the other end of one. His win showed the crowd just what an elite top 3 fighter in the heavyweight class looks like. Finally, they had their moment, as tournament favorite and kickboxing super star Tyrone Spong was dropped ten second into the bout as a right hand caught him while he was firing an inside low kick. After seeing several "WTF" tweets dominate my twitter wall, Spong got up, measured with his left while loading up his right hand, then sent a bomb that dropped opponent Michael Dutt. Adding to the legend of the moment, Dutt got up, beating the count, but then feeling the concussion roll over him, returned to the mat. You couldn't have scripted a better opening moment.

So night complete, how does Glory move forward? As the event ended, a flood of ideas went through my head. Most of those thoughts were about the bad stoppage at the end of the final bought, but the other ones were solid to the subject of moving forward.

 

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Kickboxing's Role in a Time of Turmoil

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Nabiev

I try to follow the elite fighters of the world on social media, Facebook, twitter, and on Instagram. Despite the language barrier, the fighters usually post things in English, or post a picture with a smily face or something, allowing me to keep up. So as I go down my Instagram wall, I notice that Russian based(Dagestani by birth) fighter Dhabar Askerov had been posting pictures of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Now again, I don't understand the words that accompany the picture, but I will say that Putin looks pretty damn cool in the pictures. Often wearing shades and seems to cool to be bothered by the events of the world. Adding to this, Artem Levin is another Russian fighter who has several pictures of himself and the National Muay Thai team with President Putin. In fact, international Russian fighter Artem Vahkitov is in one of the pictures with Putin, all of the men proud to be in the presence of one another. I also follow Ukrainian kickboxing star Artur Kyshenko. As I watched his recent post on Instagram I noticed that he has crossed himself out of the Legend poster, the Russian promotion that used him on their card last year. Adding to this, Kyshenko recently posted a pick of him in his Ukrainian youth, wearing his national colors at the podium of an amateur Muay Thai event. It most be noted that there is a chance this is complete coincidence, as the youth pick is a comparison pick and Kyshenko was injured after the first fight in the tournament, so he could have crossed himself out because of that. Also, I do not think that the fighters are in anyways enemies, but as one could imagine, there is no way that they couldn't be effected by the events between the Ukraine and Russia.

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