Moderator: Not sure what forum (if any) is appropriate for this thread. Move to another forum or kill it at your discretion. While I enjoy Chuck Norris, Van Dam, Bruce Lee, et cetera movies until a day or so ago, I never watched TV shows like UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships). Unlike professional wrestling, UFC seems to be legitimate combat although I am not sure of this. Circa 60-65 years ago, I was a good grappler & had some martial arts skills. I won a conference wrestling championship & a few minor AAU events. Some questions/comments.The UFC program I watched showed no attempts to kick an opponent in the head. In my mind, this lends a lot of credence to UFC events. When I was active, I am sure that an attempt to kick me in the head would result in my opponent being in a lot of trouble. If there were no rules, I would expect to seriously injure him. Using NCAA or AAU rules, I would expect to have him on the mat under my control. While head kicks make exciting fiction. I do not think a head kick can be effective unless the opponent has already been hurt or exhausted, while the kicker is still quick (in which case, almost anything would be effective to end the match). The gloves worn in UFC matches seem designed to protect the hands, allowing hard hits to the face, head, & ribs. They also seem to restrict the effectiveness of various martial arts & grappler techniques, but I am not sure of this. Many of the UFC contestants seem to have poor body balance concepts. I am surprised at how often a fighter seems to be pushed off his feet due to an improper stance. This seems to happen with very little technique on the part of the attcker. Once a fighter has been taken down & is on his back, it seems more effective for the fighter in control to have his body at right angles to his opponent rather than parallel. Also: As a fighter is taken down, he seems to make no attempt to be face down instead of on his back. From a face down position he would have more of a chance to escape control. On his back, there are not many (if any) good maneuvers to allow an escape from control. I noticed some situations which would have allowed an effective blow using the heel of the hand. Instead, ineffective attempts were made to use a blow with the clenched fist. Note that the heel of the hand has a solid foundation in situations for which a clenched fist blow is not very effective due to the wrist joint not providing good support.Perhaps my observations are not accurate. I wish I could see some of the action in slow motion. I am not familiar with UFC rules. Perhaps a thorough knowledge of them might change my opinion relating to the above remarks. I would appreciate comments/explanations relating to the above.