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How to Fight: TJ DIllashaw Teaches a Body Kick Counter

How to Fight: TJ DIllashaw Teaches the Body Kick Counter

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January 7, 2015
Updated April 13, 2018


The body kick is one of the most commonly thrown kicks during a MMA match, and a lot of my opponents try and hit the liver using body kicks. With the help of Danny Castillo, I am going to demonstrate how and when to counter a body kick.

Body Kick Counter Steps

Step 1: When blocking a body kick make sure you do not lower your hands. This allows your opponents kick to make contact with your head, while you are blocking your body.

Step 2: To properly block a body kick, keep your hands up and lower your elbow into your hip, do not lower your hands.

Step 3: As your opponent returns from their kick, return with a hook, since your arm is already loaded and ready to strike.

Step 4: After the counter, step in with a cross first and follow that with your hook.

How to Fight: TJ DIllashaw Teaches a Body Kick Counter

TJ Dillashaw is a 28 year old professional MMA fighter and the current UFC Bantamweight Champion. He is the only man to have ever finished Renan Barao in an MMA fight. Dillashaw was also a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter. He is a coach/cornerman for Team Alpha Male and is currently #11 pound-for-pound in the official UFC rankings.
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