View Full Version : The dreaded Brazilian!
10-10-2007, 01:56 PM
I need help quick! I keep been lit up by the brazilian kick during sparring and am sick of it. My problem is this, every time I block a low or mid kick the next thing I know am being lit up stairs! I have been told over and over again not to block low kicks with hands( most of the time) and keep my guard high, but for some reason my brain refuses to listen. So guys for the sake of my sore head any help will do :D;
10-10-2007, 02:17 PM
As a quick fix temporary solution, try to go into a sparring session pretending your fists are glued to your temples, elbows tucked in together protecting your centreline. From here there aren't many openings. Do your techniques as you normally would, but whenever you come under attack ball up into this position keeping your hands high.
This should give you some familiarity with keeping the hands up at all times (though once you get good you might sometimes want to break this rule) and blocking with the shins.
10-10-2007, 02:34 PM
You will learn it soon, my sensei always did double kicks when I started to drop my hand and I think I've got it now, so practice and you will learn from your own mistakes ;)
10-10-2007, 02:57 PM
First step is that you've identified the problem and have accepted that you need help. Obviously you've seeked the advice of your Sensei and Sempai which will weigh much heavier than anyone on this forum which is the second step.
My suggestion is to exercise with your hands up. For instance, when running don't put you hands to your side. Hold them up and run. When that gets easy use 2 lb or 5 lb dumbells and run while holding those up. This will increase your endurance as well as getting your body accusomted to holding your hands up even when fatigued.
This also works well when kicking the punching bag.
10-10-2007, 03:13 PM
First you need to review if your block for jodan geri is alright. Some people leave too much gap in between their arm and head and the kick still come through even if they have put up their hands.
Next I think your problem has nothing to do with how a particular technique is delivered, as there are more ways then what you have described for faking low and kick high. A simple way for you to practise is to have people keep delivering you gedan geri on one side, when you have no problems with that you have gedan geri to boths sides, and when that becomes easy you move to chudan and then jodan and finally everything mixed up. If your brain refuses to listen, one good way to make things right is to keep dropping your guard and have your head smacked with a good strong kick (I hope you are not finding this statement abusive, but this is one friendly reminder from my own experiences).
10-10-2007, 08:37 PM
You know how young Mike Tyson used to train his guard? He taped his hands around his head so his hands won't drop. ;)
10-11-2007, 01:21 PM
I trained with a guy who went on to represent Australia at World's and as a 1st kyu, he used to hang onto his ears!
(and no, I'm not telling who it was. What happens in dojo stays in dojo!!!).
10-16-2007, 10:36 PM
on the article that niceguy posted, whats a drifting kick ( tip#3)? Thanks a lot!
10-16-2007, 11:10 PM
Hunter 86..welcome to the forums. Don't forget to go to the introductions forum, and start a thread introducing yourself! Then we can give you a proper welcome!