Now that I've stopped talking about Penthouse, all of my readers seem to have wandered off somewhere else, except, of course, for my mother. So Mom, this one's for you.
I was talking to Egemen yesterday afternoon about these Top Ten Tips lists for defending yourself in hand-to-hand combat. He expressed some reservations. He was concerned they might not fully convey the complete unpredictability of a real fight -- or the unpredictability of human beings, for that matter.
For example, "If you can't run, scream." Probably good advice most of the time, except when you encounter the guy who's so crazy that when you start screaming, it makes him decide that he has just got to do whatever it takes to make that unattractive noise stop. People that crazy are out there, and if they test the fire alarm in my building even one more time, I'm going to become one of them.
Anyway, Mom, I think Sifu Emin's Top Ten Tips are very good advice for you, and would be quite helpful to you in your next hand-to-hand combat situation -- keeping in mind, as I always stress, that I'm really not qualified to say.
But I'd like to point out one notable potential exception. Sifu Emin advises that you "Forget about throwing a high kick to your adversary’s head. Fancy high kicks take too long and leave you off-balance and exposed." From what I've seen, this is almost always true. But in my inexpert opinion, this advice should be qualified thus: "Forget about throwing a high kick to your adversary’s head. Fancy high kicks take too long and leave you off-balance and exposed, unless you are Mirko CroCop."
If, Mom, by some metaphysical mishap, you wake up tomorrow and discover that you are Mirko CroCop, then I say by all means, feel confident in your ability to end things by throwing a high kick to your adversary's head.
Now, I have a question about this video. Those guys in the ring with him are pros. Surely they availed themselves of YouTube before these fights to study CroCop's fighting style. Did they not notice a trend? Why is it that none of those poor schmucks seemed to see that high left kick coming? I mean, he does it over and over and over. He ends it that way every single time.
Wouldn't you think that anyone going into the ring with Mirko CroCop would know that above all, you've got to keep an eye on his left foot, because if you don't, it's going to end up being driven into your head?
So what's going wrong for them? I really don't quite understand this. Sifu Emin's right, that is a highly telegraphed kick. You'd think it would be possible to prepare for it a bit better.