This video highlights the legendary Put Lorlek’s defensive and evasive techniques.
Put Lorlek was one of the best fighters of his generation and beat the best of the best during the 1970s. He was a very evasive fighter with an excellent defensive push kick which he executed just as his opponent initiated the attack.
His other favourite defence for the roundhouse kick was an evasive manoeuvre in which he would move circularly in the same direction as the kick trajectory to dampen the impact of the kick or to avoid being struck by the kick altogether.
He was rarely static; his stance was very mobile and he incorporated a bounce into almost all of his ring movement. This made it tricky for opponents to catch him with kicks as he would either use an evasive technique to move out of kicking range or allow his opponent to close the distance to land the kick, but would then teep the hip causing the kicker to fall backwards.