Georges St-Pierre, former UFC champion, is one of the biggest names in the game.
So, seeing the like of St-Pierre taking advice from commentator Joe Rogan might be surprising to some but his years of intensive taekwondo training during which he held the national championship for four years taught him well.
In the video, Rogan shows St-Pierre his turning side-kick technique and just by the sound of the impact, you can notice the immense power he delivers.
Joe Rogan helping Georges St-Pierre improve his kicks
Rogan points out that the key part of the kick is going in a straight line to keep maximum velocity for the hit.
While not an MMA fighter, Rogan clearly knows his kicks and St-Pierre’s willingness to learn is part of what made him great.
On Rogan’s podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience, St-Pierre said: ‘I never seen anybody hit as hard. Man, I remember that the bag when you were working [with me] had a freakin like a hole with your footprint in it!’
Video: Joe Rogan gives GSP tips in 2011
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Rogan said they got together thanks to John Donaher asking him if he knows anyone who could help St-Pierre with the fundamentals of his spinning back kick, leading to Rogan suggesting himself.
Rogan talked about his taekwondo training, which was an old-school taekwondo style based on powerful kicks, trained by followers of South Korean General Chae Myung-shin’s school.
Rogan said: ‘From the time I was 15 to the time I was 21, I didn’t do sh*t, I barely did any homework I didn’t pay any attention in school at all, that’s all I did I just wanted to be in the Olympics I wanted to be a taekwondo champion.’
‘Everyone trained for power. My instructors’ idea was if you couldn’t hurt someone with a kick, why even practice it?’
He continued: ‘All the taekwondo guys in tournaments they were tapping each other, just moving very fast trying to score points and he (coach) hated that sh*t.’
St-Pierre said he still tries to improve this technique but that it’s impossible for him to do it like Rogan as his ‘brain is wired differently’ from karate.
Many MMA fans will look back fondly on the remarkable career of St-Pierre in the UFC and his incredible nine consecutive title defences.
One of the most appraisable attributes of the Quebecker was his humility and honesty, which inspired great respect from fighters and fans alike and etched his name in the hall of fame after his retirement.