In recent times we have been seeing a few broken shins in MMA.
I’ve been thinking about why this happens more often than in say Muay Thai or K1 fights. It does happen but not as often, espeically if you factor in HOW Many of those are thrown.
Bas Rutten recently published a cool video (right after Silva) explaining why its important to turn hips to avoid hitting with the shin with the weaker edge - rather than the front (sharp) part.
In MMA - turning the hip and thereby really committing to the kick opens you up to the take down.
Also, for a really solid and properly placed leg kick you have to take your lead leg and take a slight step to the side before throwing the kick and turning your body 90 degrees to the point of having to look directly over your should to make eye contact with your opponent.
As I said, in MMA - this is not really feasible. You will land the kick but get taken down - so as a result you have a technique that is ‘borrowed’ from muay thai/kickboxing but not being able to translate a 100% by virtue of fundamental difference.
My advice would be to do what Benson does. Throwing the kick to the bottom of the opponents shin/ankle.
1. That part of the leg isn’t solid enough (unlike the knee) to snap the incoming shin.
2. IF the kick is really so powerful, enough to damage itself, it will likely move the leg being kicked and reduce impact.
3. Can actually be more effective in terms of damaged caused with fewer leg kicks.
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