|Tuidi in MMA – Shoulder Wrench|
|Chibana Chosin performing the shoulder wrench in Naihanchi Sandan|
I make no secret about my dislike of UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon Jones. He is arrogant, condescending, disrespectful, and likes to skirt the edges of the Unified Rules of MMA. That said, he seems to be the most frequent user of old-school karate techniques. Normally, this is restricted to his hand-fighting, rolling elbows, and oblique/shovel kicks and side kicks to the legs. Tonight, though, he broke out a new one–a tuidi (joint manipulation) technique that utilizes the outward chudan-uke (mid-level receiver) motion to wrench the shoulder. While he was able to keep fighting, this technique injured Glover Teixeira badly enough that it bothered him for the rest of the fight, and it certainly distracted him in the moments immediately after it was applied (which is what it’s for, really).
The real irony in this is that, although he frequently uses a few techniques from old-school karate, Jon Jones is actually quite susceptible to some old-school karate techniques, himself. Specifically, he like to place his fully-extended hand on his opponent’s head to keep them away when they start to land punches. This has always worked very well for him, except in his fight against Alexander Gustafsson (shown above) where Jones did not have a reach advantage. It also has the added bonus (for him) of putting his fingers into his opponents’ eyes. He feels safe doing this because he is standing and striking, but he would never extend his arm in such a way while grappling on the ground because he would be put into an armbar. This face-pushing technique that he utilizes so frequently is actually the exact scenario that we train with for putting someone into a standing elbow-press armbar (hiji osae gatame, found in the stacked-hands position of Naihanchi, seen in the GIF below) in my dojo. He also likes to do the same fully-extended pushing against his opponents’ lead hand, which makes the lock even easier to get to. Someday, just once, I want someone to put him in that lock.
|Hiji osae gatame (elbow press armbar) demonstrated off a push to the chest|