Crescent Kick

The recent passing of Jim Kelly had me more bitter than sad. He should have been a superstar of martial arts films. Tennis should have only been a hobby.

At my local grind house theater I got to see “Tattoo Connection”. That was the movie that made me a fan. Jim Kelly was seen as the local hero so everyone would cheer for him when he was fighting. I joined them in cheering for him.

Since the movie was from ’78 I had some uncomfortable moments watching it today. The racial moments were not the only bad parts. The non-love making scene with race car stills was rough to watch.

When you are scouting him, the first thing on the check list is his crescent kick. The kick looks so effortless. The force of the blow has the opponent spinning in circles. I forgot how well he can put his combinations together. Four punches to the chest and body. Back fist to the face. The opponent recoils back which creates distance between him and Jim. The added distance puts him in range of a side kick. The use of knees stood out to me due to seeing the same technique in MMA.

When he walks onto a scene, the camera had no problem finding him. He lights up the place. He is always at his fighting weight. The footwork he uses during combat is also used in entertaining a lady. I would try the same thing but she might see the footwork and think I am ready to fight her. I end up getting beat up. The glued on side burns wouldn’t help anyway.


Two karateka throwing Ura-Mawashi-Geri (Spinning Hook Kick) simultaneously, with one landing for a knockout.

In the slow-mo, the bald fighter seemed to have thrown it at a shallower angle (almost like a crescent kick) while his opponent threw his wider. They got their kicks off pretty much at the same time, but the one that landed had much less distance to travel, which let it reach the opponent’s face sooner.

Having less distance does mean a weaker kick, but the bald fighter is bigger, so he has more mass to put into it, making it enough to put the other guy’s lights out.

I’m not an expert; that’s just my two cents on it.

anonymous asked:

" I will crescent moon kick you if you hurt her" -Icky2015 (also known as over protective partner) XD

8) I am highly protective
I get jealous easily