Footwork Friday is here again. Seems like it comes every week. Okay, lame jokes aside. It’s time again to pay attention to our feet. This week, I’d like to show some great footwork analysis that’s available on YouTube. There’s a lot to be gained by studying fights, and below are three great analysts that deliver high quality breakdowns. I’ve included links to their YouTube channels and recommend that you subscribe. Without further ado, let’s look at some footwork.
Disclaimer: My reference for footwork is from Counterpoint Tactical System as taught by Master Zach Whitson. Any errors or inconsistencies are mine. The spirit of this series is me studying footwork in more depth. I don’t claim to know everything, and I will make mistakes. But, again, those mistakes are mine. Also, this article is for reference only and should be used as a secondary source only. Please, see a Filipino martial arts instructor to accurately learn these techniques.
The first video comes from the BJJ Scout. Despite the name, BJJ Scout’s analysis covers mixed martial arts (MMA) as well as Brazillian jiu-jitsu. The one that I like best is a look at Dominick Cruz, who has the most unorthodox fighting style in MMA. While I don’t like Cruz’s personality, his style is fascinating. He’s constantly on the move, cutting angles, and confounding his opponents. When he’s in the cage, he looks quite bizarre, but the results are undeniable. The fact that Cruz studied the greats to piece together his own style is something to be admired. I love any student of the game who breaks down others as well as Cruz does. With seemingly endless cardio, Cruz lets his footwork shine in every fight. BJJ Scout makes that style accessible. I appreciate the link from this style back to its boxing roots. Check out BJJ Scout’s other videos while you visit the page.
The next breakdown comes from Lawrence Kenshin. In this analysis, Mr. Kenshin looks at how kickboxer Tyrone Spong uses his footwork to create angles. So far, the footwork Friday posts have only discussed footwork as a method of movement. But footwork can also be discussed in light of weight transfer and setting up striking angles. Mr Kenshin does a great job of showing the footwork in actual fights. All of his breakdowns use footage to highlight the concept that he’s looking at. It’s great work that deserves a look. Check out his channel!
Robin Black on the Fight Network is another fight analyst that I admire. His work is a little more artistic than BJJ Scout or Lawrence Kenshin, but it’s no less insightful. Instead of graphics, Robin delivers his breakdowns with enthusiasm and energy. Try not to be inspired listening to his work. In this analysis – my favorite of his so far – Robin’s looking at the first TJ Dillashaw versus Renan Barao fight prior to their second meeting. Mr. Black starts at the end of the fight to work backwards to round one. The beauty of this approach is that we see the finished product; we know the end state before the video begins. But starting from round five, we can see how TJ Dillashaw’s investment in his footwork paid off in later rounds. Robin’s approach is novel and entertaining, but it is also technically sound. Robin Black’s work is always a pleasure to watch, and the best way to learn is while being entertained.