How Learning To Check Leg Kicks Can Save You Your leg
Last nights UFC 168 fight between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman reminded me and everyone watching that having your leg kick checked can really suck a big fat one. Normally when you get your kick checked, it hurts like a bitch and you might think twice about throwing a leg kick again, but what happened to Anderson Silva last night is every muay thai fighters worst nightmare.
I broke my arm recently, but I can’t imagine the pain you must go through getting your fibula and tibia being split in two. Not only that, but imagine the recovery time and rehabilitation you must go through in order to just walk again. Needless to say, it was a sad way to see Anderson Silva lose last night and it’s even sadder because it probably ended a long, legendary career.
That being said, leg breaks are a part of muay thai and kickboxing. Although Joe Rogan said he’s never seen that happen in the octagon before, it has happened plenty of times inside the ring of a muay thai fight. It’s not common by any means, but it definitely is possible to happen if your hard leg kick is checked perfectly by your opponent.
However, there is a way to avoid ever breaking your leg as gruesomely as Anderson Silva did, and that comes with proper kicking technique. Although Silva is a seasoned muay thai practitioner, the kick he threw wasn’t the correct technique. I’ll let Bas Rutten talk more about it:
All of this is obviously easier said than done, and a lot of factors go into breaking your leg on a kick. The only thing we can do is hope for the best and continue to work on our kicking techniques so we don’t have to go through the same pain Anderson Silva, and countless other fighters have gone through.
Here is another video of a muay thai leg break that makes me a little nauseous since he tries to stand on it after it breaks:
If you’re not grossed out or scared about throwing leg kicks after watching these videos, I guess that means you are a badass. To be honest, watching video like this f@&* me up and turn my stomach, but I won’t let it stop me from throwing leg kicks in the future. Just make sure you learn how to check leg kicks properly so you are on the right side of the exchange and still standing on two healthy legs.
What about you? Does watching muay thai leg break videos make you think twice about throwing kicks, or have you come to terms with the fact that it could happen to you?