The Weight Transfer: Neo Apllication to Striking
Variation in vertical planes of attack and the shifting of momentum between hard and subtle shifts in angle play is what the embodiment of the shift is based on. Without knowing how to do all of those things and recognizing when it’s being done to you means your being set up for death as Joe Rogan likes to say. Shifting can be done in many ways there’s no ceiling on it, everything is based on the mechanics you’re capable of using certain shifts people see all time is the downshift touched on by Jack Slack something that TJ Dillashaw And Dominick Cruz the two poster children for Neo Footwork do all the time. Using a sudden stutter like step to force the superior angle and extend what looks like a jab or a less dangerous punch but in reality its a heavy cross or hook that is setting up a even more devastating kick or knee to the body. Shifting is something that is easy to see in boxing and people recognize it as really extending on the punches versus a small subtle shift of weight unless it’s Mike Tyson throwing a hook head hook body hop off to the outside angle uppercut from hell combination. In Muay Thai it’s a skill that has to be learned so learning advanced combinations is possible, as you can see being demonstrated by the Cowboy below.
So what is shifting and how do you apply it, well I’ll start with examples. Take your classic 1,2 Kick combination like Aldo’s Dutchie, or his reverse Dutchie leg kick 1,2 every part of that combination is made more powerful and faster by adding weight shifting. When you retract that lead 1 drive that shoulder back forcing the body to extend sharply and with purpose on the 2 from the 2 your coiled up like a loaded spring and ready to whip off a kick, that kick is hid behind the 2 and when you’re pulling the 2 back like the 1 the shoulder is driving the opposite side of the body through adding to the hips turning over on the strike. Everything can gain from simple weight shifts and carrying on with momentum. Another example is the Edson Barbosa body kick switch, leg kick, body kick, Hell… I mean Heel kick, or his switch body kick to 1, 2 which are fast because of the how fast his weight transfer, and spring on the shots is. Learning to to transfer is what makes him that much faster and powerful.
Being able to transfer is what makes switching stance so wonderful. From orthodox to southpaw is the forgotten or glanced over piece to making switching in neo foot work complete. What that is for example take the classic 1,2 from boxing why does it work? Well because when BLADED with zero chance of the take-down you can focus on the timing distance etc. of striking. Now for say MMA or Kickboxing that’s not possible because of variables like the TD, or kicks, and knees in the clinch etc. So the piece to the puzzle was the stance change because the new angles involved and the ability to sidestep or pivot into your opponent’s blind spot as they shoot. The knock however us that you end up square and that’s the worst place to be when your opponent is is trying to counter with strikes or a knee tap, double, single, or whatever. Mighty Mouses biggest footwork issue was getting caught on the switch when in the pocket (mind you, you can always switch from distance the entire Alpha Male Team does it all the time and the drop shift is best done from distance to cause a reaction) he would get caught or dropped by John Dodson when he hit the switch in the pocket.
So hows it done
Well it’s a weight transfer
- Start by hitting a 1, 2 ;
- Then on the 2 step forward or through
- Refire that 2 so it looks like 1 but carries like a solid 2
- Then pivot or step through again layering that 1, 2 Combination
- So it now carries like a 1, 2, 2, 2 but looks like a solid 1, 2, step, 1, 2, step, 1, 2
That’s the premise of the weight transfer because the step is the shift it makes it quick and combines a feint with a strike with an angle change. In the gif above is DJ doing the first part of the transfer with the 1,2 if carries all the way through he would cover more ground and stay at the proper distance to land and fully extend on each shot getting the drive through his target. Secondly we have TJ Dilliashaw doing the drop shift.
Try it out experiment with combinations watch some youtube clips read Jack Slack’s post of Vice Fightland, and then drill drill drill folks.