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Spinning Back Kick – Technique Of The Week

The Spinning Back Kick is not a necessary tool to have in most combat sports or in self defense situations. But honing in on this technique is a power move that will have a huge impact on your stand up / kickboxing game.

Spinning Back Kick - Technique Of The Week

What Is A Spinning Back Kick?

A spinning back kick is a thrusting power kick usually aimed to the body or head of your opponent. The back kick is thrown by the rear leg using a 180 degree spin, turning towards your back side. Its the the most powerful kick you can throw.

via GIPHY (Conor Mcgregor drilling teep to a spinning back kick)

The spinning back kick’s initial momentum comes from the same leg your kicking with. After your rear foot presses off the earth, that same leg will slightly retract while simultaneously turning your lead foot, leg, hips, shoulders, and head 180 degrees. Extending and landing the back kick as soon as the 180 degree turn is complete. Your opponent should be in your peripheral vision slightly before contact.

Some Key Points To Consider when Throwing the Spinning Back Kick:

  • The kicking leg should travel in the straightest line possible
  • Keep your body as vertical as possible
  • Learn how to throw the kick without winding up
    • without turning foot in first
    • without turning your body too far ahead of your kick

If its your first time learning the back kick i recommend turning your foot 90 degrees while stepping to the side before initiating. This will make the execution easier and clears your back kick to travel at a straight line.

Once you start getting the hang of the back kick, learn how to executing it without stepping to the side or turning your foot. Tightening up any telegraphic movement and improving your ability to back kick at a moments notice.

When Should You Consider Throwing the Spinning Back Kick.

  • After a Jab
  • After a Straight Right

Learning to follow up with a spinning back kick with just the two option above will greatly increase your back kick’s capacity and opportunity.

Common Spinning Back Kick Mistakes

  • Head and body swings wildly (bad for balance and following up)
  • Kick landing after completing the 180 degree turn (too slow)
  • Leaving body behind / leaning too far back (bad for balance and following up)
  • Kicking leg flared out (bad for balance, accuracy, speed and power)

Fighters with a Strong Back Kick Game

Muslim Salikhov

Cung Le

Benny The Jet Urquidez

Joe Rogan

Spinning Back Kick Compilation Video

Other Resources To Consider:


Sanda / San Shou

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Get The Most Out Of Your Training – Martial Arts

Get the Most Out Of Your Training - Martial Arts

How to become more productive in our martial arts training is an important question to have. its necessary to accelerated learning. Most martial artist “just show up.” While at the same time most martial artists don’t make it to the top. Today ill be sharing some of the most influencing philosophies/concepts that accelerated my performance.

80/20 Law

The 80/20 Law (also known as The Pareto principle)  states, that for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.


  • 80% of a martial artist’s actions comes from 20% of their techniques
  • 80% of a martial artist’s productivity comes from 20% of the training
  • 80% of the fight takes place in 20% of the positions (example: the guard in jiu jitsu).

The 80/20 law helps analyze and narrow down whats important and what you should be prioritizing. It will also help eliminate any excess fat, free up time and attention to whats important.


Focus on your strengths while managing your weaknesses. You will be more productive in doing what you do best rather than making incremental improvements fixing your weaknesses, which at best, becomes decent. This principle is similar to the 80/20 law.


Goals are necessary for optimizing productivity. Most of the productivity comes from the short term goals, and motivation and drive comes from the long term goal.

Types of short-term goals you should consider:

  • What techniques to improve (preferably filtered through the 80/20 law)
  • Goals in sparring
  • Training x amount of times a week
  • Who to spar with
  • What to drill


Measure all aspects of your training by documenting and reviewing your performance in sparring, your successes and mistakes and what you could of done better. This will help you examine your performance day by day and with greater clarity on the path to improvement. What gets measured gets managed.


Competing in an event is the best thing you can do to get the most out of your training. It helps set-up several mental aspects in place that are necessary to increase the quality of effort and attention for training productivity. It will also bring greater clarity to the 80/20 law, goals, strengths and the use of metrics.

Benefits of Competition

  • Focus
    • Competition create deadlines which help produce greater focus and helps you analyze on what to do in order to get shit done.
  • Motivation
    • Competition creates greater motivation to improve performance,. Overcoming excuses and accelerating productivity.

If you decide to compete don’t pick an event that is a year away. I recommend setting a deadline within 3-4 months. The tighter the deadline the greater the focus, the greater the focus the greater the productivity.



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15 Sparring Tips – Fight Skills Development

Sparring tips

Use Your Peripheral

The peripheral is the vision outside of the focus point, mostly from the sides of the eyes. It detects motion much quicker and it improving the response time. Don’t look at the eyes, hands, or even at the target your attacking. Stare through the center (usually the chest) and not at it. This will almost put everything in peripheral.

Slightly Raise Your Eye Brows

Raising your eyebrow helps increase perceptual attention. Increasing your ability to interpret any attacks or opportunities to attack.

First Defense Should Be Moving Your Legs

Using your legs has a higher percentage of successfully defending attacks than blocking or slipping. The goal is to be out of reach.

Hit First, Hit Fast, Hit Last

Action is faster than reaction. look for opportunities to hit first. And be cautious in not getting countered in the process.

Always Stay in Motion, Either Your Legs or Your Body

Constant movement makes you harder to hit. Moving laterally, in and out, and changing levels will not only make you harder to hit but may create opportunities to attack.

Let it Hit By It Self

Avoid mental processing which will delay response time or sabotage the opportunity. Be patient and when the time comes it hit all by itself.

Set Goals

Always set goals in sparring. It can be trying new stuff or improving the old ones. Goals give you motivation, focus, and allows you to measure progress.

80% Go-to & 20% Experiment

When sparring make sure you keep improving your A-game while also experimenting on new ideas or techniques. I recommend keeping it 80/20 to avoid altering the good habits you already built.

Keep it Honest

Don’t matter who you spar, keep it honest. Give nothing and take everything. This will help you prioritize your attention on attacking and the ability to take advantage of every opportunity. But you don’t have to hit hard, just execute at every opportunity. This will also keep a healthy perspective of what works and what needs more work.

Relax the Power, Practice the Technique

A good rule of thumb is to match your partners intensity. Keep it around 70% power. focus on technique, timing, and speed.

Spar with Hammers

This is related to keeping it honest. sparring a few of these will help keep a healthy perspective of what works and what needs more work. Remember, real gold don’t fear the fire. This is an essential part to getting better.


No matter who you spar, you got to believe in what you got. Lack of confidence will only degrade your performance. Always respect your failures and seek to improve them but also accept them and move on.

Conserve your Energy

No matter how much stamina you have you don’t have an endless supply. Relax and pace yourself. If you are sparring in fatigue state most of the time, you will develop bad habits.

Don’t Unleash the Hulk

Your training partners are your friends. If you keep hurting them, no one will want to train with you.

Log & Analyze

Log your rounds and also analyze on how you did in sparring everyday. Write down your success and failures. This will help you review and analyze on what works and what needs work.  I usually do this in a digital form and email it to myself.

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10 Sparring Games for Boxing And Kickboxing

Sparring games - boxing and kickboxingSparring Games help focus on specific attributes for fighting in order to accelerate improvement. By isolating a specific situation we are able to target specific skills to develop in a faster rate than just trying to improve them in regular sparring.

Jab only – Spar only using the jab.

  • Jab only sparring is great for beginners. In the intermediate and advance stages this is a great templates to start adding different sub-games such as timing counters or take downs against the jab. Also can use other techniques, like leg kicks only or side kicks only.

Shoulder Tag – Try to tag the shoulder or knee. using hands only

  • Shoulder/knee tag is also great for beginners. It helps to develop cat-like reflexes and footwork.

Hands low / No blocking – spar with out blocking. Use your legs

  • No blocking sparring game helps develop distance management and how to rely on your legs for for offense and defense.

Hands Up Mid- Close Range Only – stay in the pocket, keep your hands up, Throw combinations.

  • Mid-close range sparring game helps accelerate the experience of fighting close. It will tighten up defenses as well as offense.

Offense vs Defense – One person stays on offense and the other defense

  • This game mostly helps the defender on transitioning to different defensive techniques. Defender can stay stationary or rely on their legs for most of the defense.

Offense vs Counter – One person stays offense and the other defense/countering.

  • This game helps both sides but mostly the attacker. Tightening up Offense while considering defense during and after.

Counter for Counter – exchange attacks one at a time. Should be constant and non-stop.

  • This game helps improve counters for both fighters. Constant back and forth non-stop helps avoid mental processing and develop better habits of reacting improving fighter’s intuition. Game can also be with any numbers of attack at a time, such as counter in 2s or 3s.

Kickboxing vs Boxing – kickboxing should primarily use kicks while boxing needs to close the gap.

  • This game is about distance management. While the kickboxer works on maintaining distance the boxer works on closing the distance.

Boxing vs Clinching/take downs – One person stays on offense while other defense/clinch/takedown.

  • This game works on takedown defense while punching, as well as patience & timing while the defender is aiming for a takedown or clinch.

Boxing with Takedowns – both fighters box with take downs.

  • This game works on takedown offense and defense awareness while throwing punches. Developing takedown set-ups and trying to find the right distance while punching.

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