It certainly did work there in a sporting context. In the street, leaving the ground, especially under a 'hormonal grip' _ which is absent in sporting events_ is, in my view an 'iffy' undertaking with chances of missing, losing balance, tossed over etc. As a soccer player, I did many of those flying kicks, mostly getting jammed and hitting the ground upside down.
The reason why I teach my students not to do too many 'flying techniques' too many times in drills, lest they surface at the wrong time.
Thinking about this today I had to wonder why the Uechi guy in the video was doing roundhouse kicks to the leg which they train for. Instead of front kicks that are more ingrained by our kata?
Good question, Fred.
Joey Pomfret will not use a front kick in MMA competition, because he knows that the fighters in that arena train to meet that kick head on by 'shooting' down on it and taking the opponent down. Having attended most of Joey's fights as a 'corner man' I have seen that happen over and over.
The 'ingraining' of a technique will make it surface 'involuntarily' under the hormonal stress of self defense combat in the street…whereas…in a sporting event…when the 'hormonal response' is at a minimum [you know the fight will be stopped before you get seriously hurt] many techniques, such as the front kick, can be kept in check for tactical reasons_ the why you don't see many such kicks in mixed martial arts fights in the ring. The fighters know their opponent hopes they throw that kick so they can 'shoot' jam _ it _ and take them down.
On the survival side….We had an occasion, involving two brothers_ both Bob Bethoney students_ who were attacked by multiple assailants in an open field in Brockton…they had knives.
They caught up with them, and later in the dojo …they both stated to me…"Van, I could do nothing else but 'flick my front kick' at those guys." Fortunately they were able to get away with minor cuts.