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Ernesto Hoost: Legendary Low-Kicks

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Ernesto Hoost’s nickname is Mr. Perfect.  He’s known for his technical excellence and his low-kicks are were of his best weapons. Hoost is arguably the greatest heavyweight kickboxer of all time — the way he demolished his elite opponents were spectacular.

At the age of 49, he recently came out of retirement. There’s no doubt that his experience and technical understanding will allow him to win, but this highlight reel of low-kicks was him at his best: technical perfection combined with elite athleticism.

This highlight is made by BKM, who labelled Ernesto Hoost as the “best low-kicker in K-1”. Low-kicking is an art — you simply don’t just slam your shin full force onto an elite fighter’s legs. Doing so runs the risk of spiking your foot or shin onto the opponent’s shin. The world has seen how Anderson Silva broke his legs by now — there’s several technical intricacies that contributed to the leg-snap, but not setting it up is the most critical.

You can see that Hoost’s low-kicks are often following a punch combination, often ending with a left-hook. This is multi-purpose: a punch combination distracts the opponent to cover-up and think about protecting the head.

When the leg-kick comes, they will have less time to react because they’re occupied by the punches. Secondly, the left-hook that Hoost throws is often to the head and then to the body. At the elite level, fighters know that a right low-kick is likely to follow, therefore the left-body shot is employed. The body-shot’s posture often simulates the initial positioning of a right low-kick, and even better — it transitions perfectly as it loads up the upperbody and hips to deliver the low-kick.

Don’t believe it? Watch various opponents raise the leg as he’s going for the left-hook to the body, only to see that on its way down they get kicked. It’s no coincidence: it’s near impossible to stop a leg-kick when the checking leg is transitioning into stance.

Just in this highlight alone, there’s countless tricks he’s employing to land the low-kicks, such as pushing off the opponents and pressing their weight down. But we’ll save the dissection for another day. For now, just enjoy what’s in this video — technical mastery like few others have achieved.