How To Think About Kicking In Self-Defense


Today, we’re going to learn about kicking in self defense. This is an important topic. When people think about martial arts, they think about kicks – the fancy kicks, spinning kicks, high kicks etc. A lot of the stuffs don’t work in real life. Some of them works – high kicks, for example, works. But it takes a lot of time to learn them.

Low Line Kicking

What we’re going to learn in this lesson is low line kickingkicking below the waist. We’re going to be using our shin bone against the opponent’s thigh which hurts like crazy. It’s extremely effective.  And, we’re going to be using a variation of groin kick. We’ll learn different type of groin kicks from different angles.

These two kicks in combination – they come from different angles – are very effective for self defense. They take just a minimal amount of practice, not a whole lot. These are very practical kicks. These are the kind of kicks that you don’t need a lot of flexibility for. And, you can pull off in a relatively short period of time. So, these are great kicks for self defense.

Don’t Underestimate Because They Are Simple

And, I don’t want you to underestimate them because they are so simple. Yes, they are simple but they are also very effective for that same reason. Thigh kick – the low kick, for example, is very effective. You can put a guy down with one of those. Sometime it takes more than one. But, this is very effective. Most guys do not know how to block this. So, use it. It’s a great idea.

Same thing with the groin kick. It only takes one of these shots. I am going to teach you different ways to kind of snick the groin kick in. But again, it’s very easy to do. You can use zip one of these kicks in and the fight could be all over with just one kick.

Kicking Range

Now, the good thing about kicking is the range. With kicking, you can stay away from your opponent. It’s kind of like high altitude bombing. You can fly over real high and drop bombs and they can’t shoot at you.

When you’re kicking and you know how to kick effectively, you can kind of stay out of the range of the opponent’s punches. Stay away and kick at his legs. Long range, he can’t reach you with his fist and you can do fight ending damage to him before he even gets a chance to put his hands on you.

So, kicking is very important for this reason. It’s a good way to deal with someone who is may be a better puncher than you are. You can stay outside of his punches – kick at his groin, kick at his legs, causing damage that way without ever putting yourself at risk in those closer ranges.

So, do pay attention to this lesson on kicking. It’s very important. And, I think you will find it to be a very effective addition to your self defense arsenal.

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Father of eight, Dr. Scott Sullivan is the chief instructor at Bam Bam Martial Arts in Houston, TX. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas and is a seasoned martial arts instructor with over 30 years of experience. A firm believer that martial arts really does help people become more fit, safe, and happy, he remains vigilant about helping people improve their lives through martial arts.