I want to go with what my body is telling me: this leg, that leg, the top leg, the bottom leg, the bottom arm, the top arm, the top finger, the top toe, the bottom toe – just go for it. And this is what really is a two step, what I saw is very easy and very natural to do.” “This is also one step which is quite hard at the moment, maybe it’s the way you’re standing now (right foot against the wall), a lot of people want to do it in a way that isn’t this one. Because you have to stay quite close to your partner; because, you have to be there and make sure that your weight is still on the one leg. What can be a little bit difficult is to be too close, even though you’ve finished your one leg and the weight is now on the other leg, because if you try to keep still, the one leg could just fall and you’d be on your knees. The other leg would just be there; this is how I see it” (The video with the video commentary on Youtube is here)
I’m quite glad how Kostadinov has kept this simple and yet very effective approach. Not the least, the fact that he always has this positive attitude towards each of his movements, and as a consequence he always manages to work out what he needs from his technique, making each movement always unique and exciting.
I was quite sad, when I could see that Kostadinov has lost so much height which I had always considered one of the most impressive features of his athleticism. What makes it more special is that this height has now been restored and he now weighs at least 20 lbs less, which proves that his incredible strength is not overrated. The fact that he is still able to pull this off and maintain this incredible strength, and is one of the best fighters to have ever lived, proves that there is no limit to what one’s physical capability can be, at least in regard to fighting against other people.
In conclusion, I want to stress for readers the importance of not only physical strength, but more so, mental strength; Kostadinov is a fighter who does not need to worry about his strength; he knows how to use and integrate it with his game and his style.
All pictures used with permission of the author.
References and Credits
Kostadinov. The Fight of the Century. DVD by WSP Films
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