BIOMECH Breakdown: Edson Barboza’s Spinning Wheel Kick

When I saw Edson Barboza’s KO of Terry Etim I almost shit my pants.

Seriously!

Especially because of the fact that it was in the 3rd round.

KO’s rarely happen in the 3rd round because fighters are often too fatigued to be able to generate power.

But that’s why if you learn the techniques I outline in the video, you’ll be able to generate more power without requiring any extra energy.

How can this be?

Because you’ll be taking advantage of non-metabolic  properties of your muscles/tendons and specific neuromuscular reflexes that help you utilize elastic energy for explosive knockout power.

The full details are in the 12 minute video below, so grab a pen and pad to take notes and get ready to upgrade your S&C knowledge:

A couple of additional notes for ya’ll:

  • There are 2 elastic components of muscles/tendons:  the series elastic component (SEC) and the parallel elastic component (PEC). To take FULL advantage of the stretch shortening cycle (SSC) requires you to first be relaxed to use the PEC then rapidly contract to use the SEC. I’m actually writing some new flexibility stuff right now that’s going to blow your minds, but I just wanted to introduce these terms so you recognize them later because you’ll be hearing about them in-depth very soon. Refer back to this article for more info when I talked about the SSC with respect to punching power and Olympic Lifting.
  • The myotatic stretch reflex is when muscle spindles, which are receptors that monitor the rate at which a muscle lengthens, is what is responsible for adding some additional contractile power when you pre-stretch a muscle/tendon then rapidly contract it. So you need very good stiffness and eccentric strength to brake then reverse the action of the muscle to use this and the above properties for elastic power. The Truth About Quickness system that I talked about a week or two ago trains your lower body for exactly these things, which is why it holds my highest recommendation.
  • A cue I use with my athletes to maximize the SSC in jumping exercises, “Imagine the ground is hot coals and if you spend too much time on the ground, you’re going to burn your feet (or hands in plyo pushups)”

OK that’s all for now.

As I mentioned in the vid, if you want me to do up the Superman punch, let me know below. Or if you have any other techniques that you’d like a BIOMECH Breakdown of, leave them too.

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– Eric

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Derek G
Derek G

I have to agree with Scrappy D that a flying knee would b interesting or one of John Jones’ spinning elbows but a judo throw would b particularly cool tho (but thats just the Judoka in me!!! lol).
Here’s a thought tho……y not analyse something that didnt quite go according to plan and y? Something like Chad Mendezs’ attempted suplex (ish kinda thing) on Jose Aldo perhaps??? Because as we all know, if we r smart enough n willing enough we can learn just as much, if not more, from wot DIDNT go rite as we can from successes???

Patrick
Patrick

Awesome as always! Thanks for taking the time to make this on request, and thanks for the.. what do you call it? Props? Name dropping? Whatever it’s called, you know what I mean. I especially enjoyed the workout tips there on how we could implement it. Keep ’em coming!

Superman punch would be a good follow-up – I’ve always wonder why they bother, since to me it seems like it shouldn’t generate enough power to be worth the while. But I guess all the pro UFC’ers would know better than me, and since they actually are using it.. Bring it on 🙂

tom
tom

yeah man love to see superman punch if its as good as this peice cheers mate

Eric
Eric

Actually, I was thinking of doing it up a lot shittier. 🙂

For the next BB – Superman Punch it is!

Michael
Michael

How about a biomech breakdown of the “Jack Johnson” punches that Tim Boetsch used against Yushin Okami?

Eric
Eric

Good call!

And where do you get “Jack Johnson” punches? I thought Jack Johnson was more known as a singer of romantic little songs to get your lady in the mood, not a man with a vicious uppercut?? 🙂

richard bennett
richard bennett

superman punch would be great

Scrappy D
Scrappy D

Very good explanation of concepts. Always love the biomech breakdowns, they are my favorite. Superman punch would be good, also the basic overhand right, a flying knee or that awesome judo throw Akiyama got on Jake Sheilds. After a while I become numb to this information because it has been repeated so many times but going over it in depth really helps me consciously make sure I am doing it in training and opens up application in other techniques.

Josemm
Josemm

To knock madafuckers down !!! Hilarious lol great eric as always my favourite source for this subjects thumbs up to the superman punch breakdown
Maybe you could break down the one inch punch is very interesting those guys who can develope such power in a very short distance.

Daniel Séguin
Daniel Séguin

Great video. The breakdown of the superman punch would be awesome

Joe
Joe

always gotta show the love and love these articles