We're are going to break down the Master Duke Roufus teaching how to set up spin kicks and the sidekick. In MMA, if not done correctly or with a bad set up, you will easily get taken down. Since we aren’t fans of easy take downs, let’s go over some easy set up.


Setting Up a Spin Kick

so what I like to do is either get my opponent going back or I want to be at range. one things I like to do is make the spin easy now and I want to use my back leg and this particular setup but if I don't want to go 180 degrees. An easy set up is a 1-2 combo but here's the trick, after the 1-2 purposely over throw a lead hook letting you move your lead foot outside their rear foot. In this position, throw your rear foot more up the middle then around the side so your kick can scrape up the body to face.To get a little extra power you want to do use your arm to whip throw the same time you are kicking.


Setting Up a Side Kick

Get the sidekick going so one of the easiest setup. You will need to be light on your feet, start pumping that jab. Now there are a couple ways of throwing the side kick. A more traditional martial arts way of doing it is to rotate your back foot so you can throw your lead leg up to split their defense and land. The other way to throw a side kick is more of a Muay Thai technique and thrown very similarly to a teep. You lift your lead legs knee then extend your leg looking to make contact with the ball of your foot. Make sure your back foot is perpendicular to your opponent so you don’t go flying backwards.


The cons of these techniques are the possibility of giving up your back for the low kick or takedown. In a UFC Flyweight fight, Dustin Ortiz was able to jab up the side kick to open up Justin Scoogin’s back. Keep this in mind when throwing these kicks.

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