Scott Adkins (Yuri Boyka) Solutions Martial Arts Coaching Questions From Twitter | Tech Assist

published on July 2, 2020

– Hi, I'm Scott Adkins, an
actor and a marshall artist

and this is Training Support

[gentle music]

@TispyLikeJenga asks

"How do MMA fighter
take kicks to the shin?

"I stub mine and I'm TKO'd
by the coffee table"

I know the feeling

Every time that I've been away

and made a movie for a few months,

I come back and I start
training again and it hurts

If you're kicking the Thai pads

without your trousers on,

it takes a while to get used to it,

and also if you don't do
it it feels like your shins

quickly become like butter again

So, Thai pads are what Thai
boxers use mostly for kicks

They're long pads like this

that you slip your whole forearm into it,

and they're great for
hitting with round kicks

and then for the body you can
hold them against you body,

and so you punch them and you kick them

but they're very tough
material made out of leather,

it takes a while to get
used to kicking those

with a bare shin when you're a beginner

Just kicking the Thai pads will
make your shins much harder,

but there are other ways to harden the up

like rolling sticks and
kneeling on beer bottles

and all sorts of stuff like that,

but the truth is nothing can prepare you

for how much it would
hurt when you kick someone

in the shin as hard as
you can with your shin

In a fight, the adrenaline
is gonna stop you feeling it,

but you're gonna feel it the next day


asks "Question for martial artists,

"should I ever let a potential attacker

"know that you are
trained in martial arts?"

In this country, the UK, it was said

that if you were an expert in martial arts

and you didn't warn a potential attacker

that you're about to
strike you can actually

be in a lot of trouble
in a UK Court of Law

I'm even sure if that
still exists any more,

but I do know this story of a black belt

Taekwondo instructor from
the UK who was in a pub

and he was getting a bit off someone

and he said to the guy
"Listen, I must warn you,

"that I'm a black belt in Taekwondo"

And then he got knocked out, spark,

just after he gave them the warning

So, my advice to you is
probably keep it a secret

Surprise is all part of
being a good fighter

Never start a fight, but if you are sure,

if you are positive
that there's no way out

and you can't talk your
way out of this situation

and that it's gonna go down,

just keep it a secret and
knock the other guy out


wow that's the real RZA, that's brilliant

"Kick ass Friday, what movie do you think

"has the best fight scene ever?"

Great question RZA

Obviously, I've seen a
lot of martial arts films,

as I'm sure you have as well

One of my favorite
fights is from They Live,

the John Carpenter film with Roddy Piper

I love the extended fight scene they have

in the middle of the
movie when Roddy Piper's

trying to get Keith to put the shades on,

and he doesn't wanna put the shades on

and it's a great fight because it's not

about the choreography, it's
not about how well it's shot,

it's really about this battle of attrition

where one guy's trying to get
the other guy to do something,

and the fight just goes
on, and on, and on,

and it doesn't stop, and
then you think it's gonna end

and it keeps going, and it keeps going

And the way they perform it is brilliant,

and it's got those funny moments in there

That is one of my favorite fight scenes

It's hard to say that's
my favorite fight scene,

but certainly that is one of
my all time favorites fights

They Live

@GetAGripGym "Possibly
stupid question for gymnasts,

"when you twist in your tumbling,

"do you have to spot something

"like you do in a turn?"

You do have to spot,
not only in gymnastics

but also in martial arts

If I'm gonna throw a spinning kick,

before I throw the kick I need
to turn my head all around

and spot my target so that I see

who or what I'm gonna
kick before I kick it

You don't wanna be kicking blind

And the same thing with gymnastics

with like a straight back
summersault with a twist

You go up, you get the height first,

wherever the head goes
the body will follow

So you twist your head,
you need to see the floor

so that you understand where it is

and that you can land there

One of the things you need in gymnastics

and also in martial arts is
spatial awareness, you know,

one of the things you need to do is spot

@Shelli239 "Boxing or kickboxing question,

"which stance has an advantage,
orthodox or southpaw?

"And is it worth knowing both?"

It's generally thought that a southpaw

has the advantage over
an orthodox fighter

So, an orthodox fighter's gonna be someone

who's right-handed like
me, and you're gonna stand

with your right hand back,
this is the power side,

maybe your right leg is the power side

Typically a left-handed person,

so he's gonna stand the other way

and the power hand is gonna be the left

Most people are right-handed,

so if you take your average gym,

the majority of people that
are training in that gym

are gonna be right-handed

It stands to reason that the southpaw,

the left-handed guy, is
gonna have more experience

fighting a right-handed guy

But to answer your question,

it's definitely worth
understanding and knowing

how to fight in both stances,

and to be able to throw strikes

from an orthodox position
and a southpaw position,

and what I try to do
as an orthodox fighter

is I will switch stance just
before throwing a strike,

and if you're dealing with
someone who's not very versed

in that type of thing
they have to readjust

and in that split second
maybe that's just enough time,

hit him with some strikes
that he doesn't see coming

because you've changed your stance

and you're coming from
a different perspective

@Nicolee_Gee asks "question
for martial artists,

"crescent kicks, straight leg or chamber?"

For those of you who don't know,

a crescent kick is where
I would bring up my knee,

you can either do an
outside crescent kick,

with the outside of the foot,

or you can do an inside crescent kick

with the inside of the foot

It's called a crescent because it moves

either inwards or outwards

You need to chamber the leg

If you throw a straight leg,

for me that's gonna be much slower

than if you begin the
movement with a bent knee

What I like to do with the
crescent kick and with hook kick,

is I like to chamber the
knee and hold my foot in

so that I can kick faster
or swing through faster,

and then at the last minute
I like to flick it out

so it comes out very loose,
almost like a flicking motion

It works perfectly with a hook kick,

but also I think for the crescent kick

you should bring it up with the knee bent

and then flick out the outside of the foot

so that you're hitting with
much more torque and speed

I would suggest that if you're
gonna do a crescent kick,

you do it with the knee bent

@EllyMagero asks "So,
yesterday during my training,

"I decided to do the round kick

"I wanna learn how to
combine the round kick

"and the upper cut"

To follow up the round
kick with an upper cut

would be a bit of a strange technique

to use in my opinion

What I think you'd be better served doing,

a lead upper cut off the lead arm,

and then you can come
through with the round kick

Now this is a technique
that I like to do actually,

a corkscrew uppercut

So, you've got your standard uppercut

which is just coming straight up,

but the corkscrew uppercut,

it comes out a bit further, you twist up,

but as I do it I step off the center line

so I'm hitting my opponent
but I'm stepping off this way

What I'm doing is I'm
stepping across the line

of his body and opening up his
body to a lovely round kick

to the body or even a
round kick to the head

Step across on the outside of his leg,

and throw that round kick
into the mid section

And actually, you see Connor
McGregor do this punch a lot,

the corkscrew upper cut

He sort of jumps forward and
to the side as he throws it,

and he gets close to his opponent

and he can hit them with one
of his powerful left strikes

@Melissa_Heist "Okay, kickboxing question,

"round kick to the head, is it okay

"to make contact with
foot instead of the shin?

"The shin gets me in too damn close"

Well, I know what you're saying, Melissa

You don't wanna be too damn close

If you can kick him in
the head with a shin,

that's preferable to the foot

because the shin is much harder

Certainly if you're kicking
to the body, into the leg,

you don't wanna catch them with your foot,

because what you can do is
sometimes bend your foot back,

even break your foot in some
cases, that happens a lot

So, if you can kick to the head
and hit them with your shin,

that's gonna be preferable to the foot

But still, the foot is gonna do the job

should you hit them hard enough

and they don't see it coming

@Rinnthehuman asks "Can you teach me how

"to properly drop kick?"

And the answer is no,

because I'm sat here on my
chair with these in my ears

I don't actually know
what you mean by dropkick

Perhaps you mean the ax kick?

Really what you need for an
ax kick is to be very flexible

so that you can bring
your leg all the way up,

and then of course you're
gonna contract your hamstrings

when you get to the height
and bring your heel down

on your opponent's head

You need to be flexible

It's very easy to pull your hamstring

if you're not warmed up,

'cause as soon as you get to the height

and your hamstring is fully stretched,

you're gonna contract it
and you're gonna bring

the heel down on the
guy's head, hopefully

It's a good kick

@Jmastinef "I'm contemplating starting

"at home kickboxing training,
any recommendations?"

Yes, Justin

I recommend that you go
to my YouTube channel

Everyone was always asking
me to do kicking tutorials

So, I recommend you go to the Scott Adkins

Official YouTube channel, you will be able

to learn some kicks from
Scott Adkins himself

What a plug, what a plug

BigRam27 asks "How do you split your week

"between martial arts
training and lifting weights?

"Frankly, I'd die," I'm adding that bit,

I think that's what he meant,
"for a body like Boyka's"

Muscle mass and martial
arts don't go hand in hand

It can slow you down

Yes, you'll be stronger,
you'll be more powerful

But, it's also a lot more
weight to carry around

and you'll probably gas out quicker

Obviously I make movies,

and people expect you
to look a certain way

First time I played Boyka I
was opposite Michael Jai White

who's a big guy, so I wanted to put on

as much muscle mass as I could

The way I'll split up the week

is I will normally weight train

on a Sunday and a Monday,

and then on Tuesday
I'll do my martial arts,

Wednesday and Thursday I'll
do some more bodybuilding,

weight training, and then on
Friday I'll do martial arts,

and then I'm gonna have Saturday off

That's typically how I split up the week

Four days of weight training
and two days of martial arts

But if I'm gonna film that's
more martial arts heavy,

or if I wanna be a bit
lighter on the feet,

I'll probably up the martial
arts and cardio training,

and a bit less on the resistance training

@Yagatomo_ "this knee
injury has slowed down

"my entire existence

"How did Boyka manage to 180 degree spin

"into an extended knee block that caused

"the Colombian dude's
shin to snap in two?"

[tense music]

I know where you're coming from mate

Listen, I tore my ACL in my left knee

It took me a good year
to get back to normal

Actually, I tore my ACL and
then I had to do three films

Universal Solider, I did El Gringo,

and then I did The Expendables 2

All with no ACL, I
don't know how I did it

By the time I got to do Expendables 2,

it was a winter in Bulgaria

Every morning I woke up in agonizing pain,

but I just had to get on with it,

and throw kicks at Jason Statham

When I did get the surgery done,

I had to take at least nine
months off of full contact,

and I had to rehab it as best as I could

So, if you've got knee problems mate,

what I suggest is that you really need

to build up the muscles around the knee

that are gonna hold that in place

The stronger your leg is,

the stronger your knee's gonna be

If you can build up to
doing piston squats,

which is where you have
one leg up in the air,

all your weight's on the bad knee,

and you can go all the
way down to the bottom

and push yourself all the
way up to the top on one leg,

then you know that your
knee is gonna be fixed

Yeah, and Boyka managed
to do it, I don't know

It was choreographed


"Hi Scott, how did you build

"so much mass to play
Boyka, but stay so agile?

"Did you train like a
bodybuilder to gain mass?"

Actually yeah, I did train like
a bodybuilder to gain mass

When I was first starting
my weight training journey,

I had the Joe Weider Encyclopedia,

which, you know, things
have changed since then,

but I've still kept those principles

of body building really

If you wanna add muscle to your frame,

you need to be putting your muscles

into progressive overload,

you need to keep lifting heavier weight

in order to put muscle onto your frame

But, you're right, it was very difficult

When I did the first Boyka movie,

and the reason I wanted
to put the muscle mass on

was because I'm the bad guy,

and Michael Jai White's the good guy,

and he was so much bigger than me,

I really wanted to put on
as much muscle as possible

because I just felt like I wasn't gonna be

enough of a threat

I wouldn't be able to
intimidate him if I was as,

you know, normal me

So, I put on as much muscle as I could

over the course of six months

Yeah, it was a lot of
pressure on the joints

Obviously Boyka does a lot of fancy kicks,

he's very agile, so if you're
doing a back summersault

and you're carrying around an
extra six kilograms of muscle,

it's certainly, you feel it on the knees,

you feel it on the back,
you feel it everywhere

It's a lot harder, but back then I was 27

and I was a beast and somehow managed

to keep all the kicks that I was doing

and then up my game and
learn some even crazier ones,

and still carry around that muscle mass,

but it's not easy and
it's a young man's game

Okay, so that's it

Thank you Twitter for all your questions,

and thank you WIRED
for letting me give you

some martial arts training support

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