It’s no secret that UFC commentator Joe Rogan has a very extensive background in traditional martial arts. The long standing UFC commentator holds national TaeKwonDo championships in addition to a 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu black belt under Eddie Bravo.
In addition, Rogan has been seen on camera teaching moves from 10th Planet JiuJitsu techniques to TaeKwonDo kicks, and was seen in a viral video teaching Georges St-Pierre his signature spinning back kick.
In a new social media post, Rogan discusses TaeKwonDo techniques as well as his spinning back kick:
The side kick, in both front leg and spinning (or turning) variations is one of the most underrated techniques in martial arts. I was very fortunate to learn Tae Kwon Do under the tutelage of the Jae Hun Kim Tae Kwon Do school in Boston @jaehunkimtkd. Mr. Kim and Mr. Michael O'Malley (a multiple time national champion) emphasized a lot of heavy bag work and power in their training program. Because of that their students learned damaging power kicks rather than point scoring techniques. Their philosophy was that a true martial artist should be able to deliver brutal power with every technique executed, and that a student who trained under them must be able to defend themselves in a real fight, not just win a tournament by scoring points. Today we're seeing more fighters having success with traditional martial arts techniques but in my opinion the side kick is one of the most overlooked and under appreciated.
Interesting perspective from Rogan, who interestingly enough points out that traditional martial arts techniques aren’t being utilized in MMA. With that being said, Stephen Thompson has proven to be the modern day representation of Karate in MMA given his success with his Karate background.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/26/2017.