Chicago Bears Hire Martial Arts Expert To Coach Hand Technique

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The headline is not a joke. The Chicago Bears have legitimately hired a martial arts expert. His name is Joe Kim, and he’s actually been helping NFL teams for over 20 years.

According to a report from Fox Sports, the Bears will be the ninth team he’s worked with. It all started back in 1992 when Bill Belichick hired Kim to come and work with the Cleveland Browns. From there he’s made stops in: Dallas, Miami, Green Bay, Denver, Buffalo, New York and Kansas City.

So what does a martial arts expert like Kim bring to the table for an NFL team? Hand technique skills.

The Bears have become the most recent team to bring in Kim because they want him to help their players with hand technique. Specifically, when it comes to blocking on offense and escaping blocks on defense.

As crazy and out of the box as this concept sounds, it actually makes a lot of sense. Those who practice martial arts are very good with their hands and with body control in general. There’s no reason that some of the same concepts used in martial arts, couldn’t also be applied to football. In a clash of two linemen at the line of scrimmage, the guy with the best moves is going to win the battle and gain an advantage for their team. Hand movements and techniques play a big role in who wins those battles.

Chicago has absolutely nothing to lose by bringing Kim in. He clearly has a proven track record of success and it never hurts to introduce players to new thoughts and ideas.

Of course Belichick came up with this concept…

 

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