How To Use The Low Kick For Self-Defense


Today, we are going to learn what we call “The Low Kick. I absolutely love this move. It’s probably my favorite move. I use it all the time as a kick boxer. I train it all the time. This is a fantastic move for self defense. One of the beauties of it is that it’s not only very effective, but almost nobody knows how to block this. So, I love the low kick.

How To Use The Low Kick

The low kick involves your hands, the legs and it requires body movement. It’s not very difficult. But you need to follow some specific steps. If you can coordinate all the steps together, you can use this devastating move for self defense.

Principle One: Hit With Your Shin Bone

Your first step should be to be in your stance. And then, you should swing your leg around and then hit with your shin bone – anywhere on your shin from above the ankle to the knee.

So, you should not hit with the top of the foot but with the shin. You should target the side of the thigh. As he stands, you kick him with your shin bone – you just swing your leg around. It hurts like crazy.

I repeat here – in your stance, your leg comes, your back leg comes around, and then it goes through the target. Once your back leg goes through the target you come right back.

Hit with your shin bone

Principle Two: Hand Placement

As you hit with your shin bone, the kicking arm swings back, the other hand should go in front of your face. Here, the other hand should be there to protect your face.

The kicking arm swings and the other hand protects your face.

Principle Three: Body Movement

Just like everything else, your body turns with the kick. As you go for the kick, your kicking arm swings back, the other hand goes there to protect your face and whole body turns. You should put so much weight into this kick that your opponent should almost be able to read something on the back of your tea shirt if there are any texts there.

Your body turns with the kick. Once you are done with the kick, you should go back.

Principle Four: Pivot 90 Degrees

You should get your pivot in with your foot. As the kick goes out, your pivot should turn 90 degrees.

Turn your pivot into 90 degrees.

Some Suggestions

So, you need to coordinate all these stuffs together – the hands, the body and the pivot. It’s probably easier in the beginning to hit something. So, use your bag, swing your shin around and put all the stuffs together.

Summary: Things We Learned

“The low kick” is a devastating move.  I’ve won fights using this kick alone – nothing else. As a matter of fact, I think, you can win most street fights with just a good left jab and a right low kick. It doesn’t take much.

Just like a knockout punch, usually it’s not gonna be a match ending shot. But after a few kicks, your opponent might find it difficult to continue his fight.

“The Low Kick” is a long range move. You stay way outside of his range.  You can really hurt someone with this kick. It’s a very effective kick. Most guys do not know how to deal with it. So, practice this kick and add this self defense technique to your 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.