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Monday, 01/13/2014, 06:12 am

Ray Longo Breaks Down “The Destruction” Technique

If you don’t know what happened at UFC 168 then shame on you. Here’s a recap for those few who didn’t get the news yet. Anderson Silva broke his leg when Chris Weidman checked his leg kick.

A lot of the attention has been on Silva and his recovery, but it seems now we get a chance to hear from Weidman’s trainer Ray Longo about the fight and specifically the technique used to end the fight. It appears that the technique used by Weidman to check the kick has been named ‘The Destruction’.

In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Longo discusses where the technique came from and how it works.

“The origin, I’ll give you for how it came to be for me. I was a Jeet Kune Do (JKD) practitioner under, technically, the lineage of Dan Inosanto, who was under Bruce Lee. And I think Bruce, or at least Dan, had incorporated a lot of Filipino martial arts.”

“They have a concept in the Filipino martial arts that comes from knife fighting, which is called ‘defanging the snake’. If you can defang the snake, obviously the snake can’t hurt you. There’s a thing called ‘destructions’ where – and it’s been around forever, I didn’t make it up. I’m just giving it to you the way I learned it. I think Paul Vunak at the time was the guy that was really pitching it. This was back in the 80s. From the waist up, anything that comes in your elbow takes care of and anything from the waist down your knee takes care of.”

“When your knee is in a flex position, it can withstand a lot of pain. So, more the concept is if a guy is punching at you, you can parry the punch or slip the punch. That’s a defensive maneuver. With the term ‘destructions’, it kind of takes a defensive posture and makes it an offensive posture. When a guy is coming to punch, you now look at that as a target, not as a ‘get out of the way’.”


“When you break a guy’s leg any time, that’s not really the objective. It’s just really to make them think twice about kicking you. That’s really it. It’s not really like you can look at it as a mystery. Even at the basic level of Thai boxing, you want to get the highest part of your shin on the lowest part of the guy’s shin that’s kicking you.”

“The downside with doing the destruction is you need the attribute of really good accuracy and awareness because instead of blocking with your whole shin, you now have to take your knee tap and point it on the guy’s shin. That’s not easy to do.”


0 Responses to “Ray Longo Breaks Down “The Destruction” Technique”

  1. zack says:

    There is flaw in weidmans leg check. He should have his elbow on the outside of his leg.

  2. tony says:

    nice ..bruce lee lineage, anyways wiedman checked the kick, noone expected it to break, basically he was fortunate, now to say that anderson was going to lose because he got clipped is not accurate. maybe his chin isnt what it used to be, but ill tell you the heart of a fighter can overcome a rocked chin, we have all seen it and andy always gets warmed up the first few rounds. probably to try and slow his opponent down by absorbing and dodging his strikes and takedowns. i think andy would have rocked weidman..come on its anderson silva! the man has ko power and he would have unleashed it. i want to see a rematch! damn it would have been a great fight! i think we will see a rematch in 2014

    • RealWorldProgressive says:

      Weidman has dominated 4 of 4 rounds against Anderson including 1 KO (first fight round 2) and a near KO (Second fight round 1).

      What more do you want the guy to do? He . . . knocked . . . Anderson . . . Silva . . . out. That’s a win. He broke Anderson Silva’s leg. That’s a win. If Anderson’s kick broke Weidman’s leg you guys would be sure Anderson meant to do that and call it a win wouldn’t you?

      He could literally punch Anderson’s head clean off like the Fedor gif and you guys would still say it’s a fluke win and you’d want to see 100 more rematches in case Silva gets one.

      • Xaninho says:

        When you break a guys leg by kicking it then it’s an offensive move, checking a kick is a defensive move. Breaking a guys leg while defending is luck.

        Furthermore Weidman did not dominate for 4 rounds. First fight he was completely uncomfortable, he managed to lay on top of Silva in the first and the second Silva stuffed a few takedowns and started clowning Weidman, which ultimately led to the fluke ko. Second fight Weidman did rock Silva in the first, but couldn’t finish it and took the first round convincingly. Second round Silva came out with a clear head and was ahead until he broke his leg.

  3. Kris says:

    This guy is sooo full of shit to pretend like he did anything other than get lucky to break Andersons leg. I mean fucking seriously it doesn’t get more ridiculous than that.

  4. alika says:

    Silva needs to retire before he really gets hurt!

  5. Johnny Cox says:

    A destruction is legit. If you “miss” the destruction you get the block or “check”. If you are training it, you’r bound to get one if a guy keeps throwing leg kicks at you. I’m not saying he meant to do it at that time, but if you practice checking with a slightly outward ark, instead of straight up, you’re going to get a destruction.

    I haven’t been able to find the video of the fight yet, but if he was checking outward, and not straight up, he was using a destruction.

    My guys practice them, but we don’t teach it to beginners because it kills kickboxing fundamentals. Once you learn it, no body throws kicks anymore, and then nobody learns the classical defenses.

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