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How to Check for UFC Training

Learn checking techniques from kickboxing champion Phil Nurse in this Howcast UFC training video.


My name is Kru Phil Nurse. I run a Muay Thai-style fighting gym in New York City called The Wat. We have some of the world champion fighters that trained at The Wat. If you want to find out more about The Wat, you can contact us at Today we're gonna be talking about the UFC. Ok, moving on the checking. Blocking. We're going to start of with the Shin block or the low kick where you're blocking with your shin. You know, back in Thailand, you know they kick banana trees, get their shin's in condition. I don't think we have banana trees everywhere in the country or in the world but you do have to get your shins in condition and in shape. As the kick comes in as the other person throws the kick, you're trying to block it right on the shin. How long does it take to get your shins in condition? Everybody's an individual. It's not like do this for two week and you're going to be able to shin block. It's something you do have to work on. Your opponent's in front of you. My guard's up and I want to get my leg-- I don't want to have it dead straight. Sometimes people block the wrong way and you need to notice this too. If you see someone blocking the wrong way like this, you can obviously make it around to the back leg. My leg's up here, he can make it right about to the back leg and turn me. Same thing if I block to far out to the side which sometimes people do too. Out here, he can get inside the legs so you not necessarily getting anywhere. You wanna try to keep a 45 degree angle between you and how you're blocking it. So, he's in front, that's 90 degree. You want that 45 degree angle where your leg comes up to block that kick. Your hands are up, the kick comes in, leg comes up, checking it. Right onto the shin. There's no way around it. For him to come around the back, he's got to make movement to come around there and as he does that you can adjust and for him to come inside, it's not a roundhouse kick anymore. He's got to do something finessing to try and get it into there.

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