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Technique Video of the Day: Kick Like Duke Roufus (in Theory)


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Duke Roufus knows a thing or two about kicking. Also about punching. Oh, and knees and elbows, too.

Hmmm. Let’s start over…

Duke Roufus knows a thing or two about striking, and since his retirement from kickboxing competition, he’s passed along his knowledge to fighters from the Roufusport Martial Arts Academy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Pat Barry, Danny Downes, Matt Mitrione,  Anthony Pettis (and his little bro Sergio), Alan Belcher, Ben Askren, and Eric Koch (and more) have all spent time with Duke sharpening their stand up skills, and Roufus has been credited with pushing innovation in MMA striking. Belcher’s cage-spring superman punch and Pettis’ Showtime Kick were both attributed to training with Roufus, because they apparently practice that kind of crazy stuff over there.

But we must remember the words of Mr Miyagi: “first learn stand, then learn fly.”

Watch this video of Roufus breaking down technique for Thai-style low kicks. Watch it twice, then go find a bamboo tree. Kick that bamboo tree until it falls. You’re now halfway to being a Roufusninja, and don’t leave us comments about how bamboo is technically grass. That’s bullshit. No one ever became a ninja by kicking grass; that’s clearly a moronic idea. You think Tony Jaa took a level in badass by kicking over blades of grass? Absolutely not. He kicked down trees and made friends with elephants.

As far as we know, Duke Roufus does not have an elephant friends. What he does have is this video of kicking technique, and you need to quit arguing and watch it.

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Fried Taco- August 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm
Funny thing about the Tony Ja one shot, almost all of those moves he learned from watching Bas Rutten videos.
ReX13- August 4, 2011 at 12:19 pm
Mofo >> Agreed. I watched that whole thing like five times the first time i saw the movie.
Me likey- August 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm
once you break a bamboo tree you too can become nuk soo kow. yeah, i know it is a different movie but whatever.
Mofo- August 4, 2011 at 11:38 am
That Tony Ja one shot is one of the greatest things ever filmed. Screw Goodfellas.
jizzninja- August 4, 2011 at 11:24 am
we're going for full pen!
intercept440- August 4, 2011 at 10:50 am
tommorow ill show ya how to avoid a bar fight using only a cheesteak and a steaming cup-o-joe
BONGTAR- August 4, 2011 at 10:41 am
i think intercept440 has just finished his recovery routine.
Fried Taco- August 4, 2011 at 10:36 am
I think intercept440 has been watching the Bas videos.
intercept440- August 4, 2011 at 10:26 am
Bah fuck you rufus. my strikes are far superior. and faster to learn .. it goes something like this. nose throat nuts, i win.

. i call it the 440 work out thre strikes, and then for recovery, ya drink 4 40 oz.

ide call that way superiro
Blackleg- August 4, 2011 at 9:13 am
ehhhh... close enough I guess. His explanations are wonky and some of the 'reasons we do it this way' aren't right. But I suppose if you've only got 3 minutes to run through it they did okay. I was never a fan of Roufus' kicks, when did anyone ever watch a Roufus fight thinking "any second now his going kick the shit out of this guy!" ... I was always waiting for his hands to go.
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