You know having talent in a specific area is one thing, but working on that talent to develop it into a skill is a completely different thing. In my quest for tip top shape, there one thing that definitely need to work on: flexibility. For example, my hamstrings have a terrible lack of flexibility. I mean just absolutely horrendous. I once had a personal trainer laugh out of sympathetic pain that my hamstrings were as tight as they are.
But as I continue to work on that, check this out. This man, Muay Thai fighter Rafael Fiziev, needs no help when it comes to flexibility. This defensive move against a powerful roundhouse kick was truly breathtaking. The amount of flexibility and core strength required for such a move is phenomenal. So phenomenal, in fact, that UFC President Dana White retweeted the short video of the now famous move.
People are calling Fiziev the “Matrix fighter” now because the move resembled the classic scene from The Matrix where Keanu Reeves’ character Neo performs the ninety-degree bend to dodge bullets. This move is notoriously hard to perform. I remember when The Matrix came out, my siblings and I would attempt the move to no avail. Fiziev stated that his trainer put the defensive move in his repertoire consistently. He demonstrates the mindset of having talent, but working hard to turn that talent into a skill.
While I still struggle to stretch these hamstrings and not give myself another headache attempting a mind-blowing move like this again, hopefully you can enjoy Fiziev’s athleticism as much as I have.