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Bears hire martial arts expert as skill development coach

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The Bears saw a lot of improvement on their offensive line last season and they’re trying to get even better this offseason with the help of a renowned Taekwondo instructor.

Jeff Dickerson of reports that Joe Kim will work with the team’s blockers to enhance their hand techniques in hopes of becoming more effective blockers. Kim will also be working with defensive players on skills they can use to escape blocks, something he’s done for other NFL teams in the past.

Most recently, Kim worked as a pass rush consultant for the Chiefs from 2010-2012. Bears General Manager Phil Emery worked for the Chiefs for the first two of those seasons, which helps explain how Kim found his way to Chicago.

Kim’s website lists consulting gigs with several other teams and features a testimonial from Patriots coach Bill Belichick that says Kim’s combo of martial arts and football knowledge “makes him one of the best” trainers. Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali has also been a vocal promoter of Kim’s methods, which the Bears hope will help them improve in multiple areas next season.

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10 Responses to “Bears hire martial arts expert as skill development coach”
  1. GenXJay says: Feb 12, 2014 8:29 AM

    Wax on, Wax off.
    Cutlers Clean Car Care. “If it rains same day, tomorrow is free!”

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 12, 2014 8:40 AM

    Now they just need to hire a really good GM and HC, cause the guys they have right now are pretty bad at it.

  3. floratiotime says: Feb 12, 2014 8:53 AM

    He’s going to take one look at Cutler … and yell NERDDDDD !!!

  4. mikeinfected says: Feb 12, 2014 8:58 AM

    makes a whole heap of sense.

  5. crik911 says: Feb 12, 2014 9:29 AM

    The thought of our O-Line getting tougher and meaner is very appealing.

  6. bahoto34 says: Feb 12, 2014 10:00 AM

    can’t wait to see kyle long karate chop suh in the neck

  7. upperdecker19 says: Feb 12, 2014 10:09 AM

    No mercy! Sweep the legs, cince!

  8. purpleguy says: Feb 12, 2014 10:51 AM

    They could have just hired Suh — he knows how to kick.

  9. icebowler says: Feb 13, 2014 4:40 PM

    Does this mean Peanut Puncher Tillman isn’t coming back? I think he moonlighted as their previous martial arts coach.

  10. inbredcheesehead says: Feb 13, 2014 10:53 PM

    the bears are loosers ha ha ya’ll sure are desparate

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