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    Men's Health: MMA pointers from Eduard Folayang and 'Team Lakay' stablemates

    May 12, 2014

    Land A Nasty Elbow

    IT'S tough to land an elbow strike in mixed martial arts, and it’s much more difficult to do so in a real fight. “You have to be able to penetrate [your opponent’s] defenses to deliver that strike,” says lightweight Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang of One FC. But one elbow to the face is all that’s needed to knock any guy out. To do this, Folayang says you have to throw punches to distract the other person. “Kailangan maniwala siya na puro suntok yung ibibigay mo, at para mawala sa isip niya yung elbow.” Try throwing a double-left jab. Once you’re close enough and your opponent’s defense is down, swiftly swing your right elbow toward his face.

    Throw A Counterpunch

    With your back against the wall, it’s best to keep your hands up to shield yourself from the nonstop attacks. But start visualizing your escape plan, too, starting with your counterpunching strategy. According to Kevin 'The Silencer' Belingon, a One FC bantamweight fighter, the punches you can execute depend on where you see an opening. “Pwedeng left hook or right straight, based sa mga ibibigay niyang suntok,” he notes. Whatever you choose to go with, remember the first rule of counterpunching: “Dapat mabilis — pag atake pa lang niya, handa ka na.”

    Take His Legs Away

    A well-timed leg kick can give you all the space you need to break free and run. The key to landing it is the setup. “[Before I do a] leg kick, I usually throw two punches first,” shares former One FC featherweight champion Honorio 'The Rock' Banario. “Kahit hindi mag-land yung suntok, dapat bumagsak yung sipa.” And when you do unleash that kick, remember to swing your hips to the direction of your target as the shin of your kicking leg lands the blow. “Dapat shin talaga ang tumama kasi kapag yung paa mo, may chance na ma-injure ka lalo na pag malakas,” Banario warns.

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