How To Use The Technical Groin Kick For Self-Defense: Part 1


Today, we’re going to learn about the technical groin kick. The standard groin that most people know comes straight up but that’s all it does. You kick it straight up with the instep, it does work. But it’s limited. Why is it limited? Because it only works if the guy is more or less squared up and has this opening.

Standard groin kick works only if your opponent has opening like this

He had this line open? Great, the traditional going kick will work. But what if the guy is standing more narrow? Your foot doesn’t fit up between his legs now. What if he’s fighting you sideways?

Standard groin kick doesn’t work if your opponent stands in sideways or if he’s standing narrow

Technical Groin Kick

With vertical straight up line that traditional groin kick is not going to work. So I think we need to improve on that. We need to be more scientific in our growing kicking. We’re going to come with be be more advanced more technical if you will.

Principle One: Use The Ball Of Your Foot

So I call this the technical groin kick and what you’re going to do is take the back flip – the same foot again. But this time you got to use the ball of your foot – you’re going to pull your toes back and hit it with the ball of your foot.

Use the ball of your foot

It’s what you want to hit with. Stick your foot out there and pull your toes back – the ball of your foot. That’s what you want.

It’s the same part of your foot that you would use if you were kicking the ground or if you stand on your tiptoes. It’s the same part of your foot. And you’re going to snap the kick just like before. I’m in my stance. I’m going to bring my foot up and snap it straight in. So on the bag it would look like the screenshot below:

This is how you kick at your opponent

You may be wondering what’s so different about that. That was different because with the traditional groin kick you kick with the instep and the the impact surface comes up .And it’s almost a straight up kind of motion because you’re hitting with the instep. For example, I can’t hit the bag with the traditional groin kick. My foot just kind of brushes up.

Principle Two: The Technical Kick Comes In At A 45″

With the technical grind kick the angle is not so much straight up but in it a 45 degree angle. That’s why it goes in. That’s why the technical groin kick will work even if he’s standing like this with his legs tied together.

The technical kick will work here

This is coming up at a 45 degree angle now. So it’ll go straight in to the groin shot not just swinging up. So the line of attack if you will differs now with the technical kick. It’s going straight in to the groin. It’s very very powerful and it can be thrown just as quickly. So this is the very basics of the technical Groin kick.

Summary: Things We Learned

To summarize, we learned some basic moves of the technical groin kick. The synopsis are given below:

  1. The technical groin kick is a front snap kick with the ball of the foot to the groin.
  2. Take your back leg, Shoot it straight in. It works.
  3. If you’ve got shoes on, Doesn’t matter. If you’re wearing gym shoes or if you are barefoot you’re going to have to pull those toes back and kick with the ball of your foot.

This the basics of the technical groin kick. Again, a snap kick coming up at a 45 degree hitting with the ball of the foot. Practice this kick and add it 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.