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Technique of the Day: The Brazilian Kick

(Video courtesy of YouTube/yegoyan818)

The Brazilian kick, AKA crescent kick, AKA question mark kick is an effective move that could net positive results against an opponent who doesn’t close the distance and who pays close attention to your hip movement in an MMA or kickboxing bout. Adding it to your arsenal offers another option when an opponent is reluctant to engage or is tired or hurt and is dropping his (or her if you’re Brett Rogers) hands in the later rounds of a bout.

Guys like Lyoto Machida and Georges St-Pierre have incorporated the unexpected move into their stand-up bag of tricks

Here’s how to do it:

First, fake a front roundhouse kick by throwing your hip around with your shin drawn back. As your opponent reacts to the movement and braces for a leg or body kick, twist your hip and snap your shin up mid-movement so that it is now moving in the direction of your opponent’s unprotected head while snapping your lower leg back, pointing your heel towards your opponent. These moves must be performed in unison and will take a great deal of practice to put all of the movements together. Flexibility is key, so stretching will help prepare you for the move.

Joe Rogan explains the kick in more detail  and Glaube Feitosa demonstrates how to decapitate someone with it after the jump

(Video courtesy of YouTube/TwisterEddie)

(Video courtesy of YouTube/joey408408)

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macreadysshack- October 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm
Are we to begin naming the striking game ala Bravo? Bill 'Superfoot' Wallace did this sneaky kick shit all day long like thirty-five years ago. My own personal experience with it is that if I turn my hips too much with the fake, I end up with a final strike that lands very often but is the equivalent of a kickboxing slap in my op's face. So super tricky to both successfully fake AND get the power out of it. I can do it on a bag 100% but find that I get my hip position and hit hard about 10% while sparring hard. I guess it's all about more practice and composure. 100% legit move, just difficult to land hard as others have pointed out.
IronClad- October 26, 2011 at 9:37 am
@Ringo. Just saw it and wow Rogan really exercises some patience. Jesus, that guy is worse than flys on shit or white on rice.
IronClad- October 26, 2011 at 9:27 am
@ Sodak: Completely agree. I can only think this is the reason for the invention of that kick. Maybe you get more torque from the delayed turn of the hips but anytime I see guys landing this you'll see hands drop to the body then the leg coming over the dropped hands to sort of slap the dudes face(Steve Cantwell is exceptional at landing this). Its pretty damn rare to see someone actually KO'ed from this kick. Rogan's got some awesome technique. For a guy who doesn't fight competitively, he really walks the walk as a commentator/ambassador. His Brazilian kick straight up looks like GSP is doing it. Only sketchy thing about this kick is you can break your foot since its literally all foot landing and no ankle or shin.
Ringo- October 26, 2011 at 8:34 am
anybody else saw the joe rogan video till the end, theres that renato guy again, i dont know why but it makes me laugh, it seems joe hogan its actually bothered by his presence
zhchaa- October 26, 2011 at 8:29 am
Pinkpounder- October 26, 2011 at 5:17 am
This kick is awesome - Charles Oliveira uses it a lot.

The first one looks like a normal high kick, the dude just decided not to defend at all. Nasty tho...
Crazy Croat- October 25, 2011 at 11:24 pm
this is Cro Cop kick, not the brazilian :p
skraps- October 25, 2011 at 7:55 pm
Looks alot like a front /round kick combo, a pretty effective point Karate technique that has found its place in full contact.
Ellipsoidal- October 25, 2011 at 6:47 pm
I think you linked the wrong Joe Rogan video. He's explaining different side-kicks, and never touches anything that resembles a question-mark kick.
Sodak- October 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm
That first vid was pretty brutal, i always thought you faked the front push kick then went to the head. either way still a pretty cool kick, see it a lot more in Kick boxing for sure.