The Importance Of Low Line Kicking For Self-Defense


In this lesson, I want to stress you the importance of really building the combinations with your low line kicking. Self defense kicking is best when it’s done below the waist.

The Importance Of Low Line Kicking

“Low line kicking” just doesn’t take as much strength and as much time to develop. I mean, it’s not that kicking in the head doesn’t work. Kicking in the head works if you have time to develop this skill. But for most of us we don’t have time. So, as a shortcut for self defense, I recommend the low line kicking. Plus, it’s really safer to keep your kicks low.

Principle One: Waist Down

When you encounter a self defense situation, you should not only target the upper half of your opponent. Just as you deal with the upper half of your opponent, you should also be targeting his lower half. You can win fights with just one of these – one quick kick to the groin, or a good shot or two to the thigh. So, use your lower line kicking ability and practice that a lot.

Go for kicks below the waist

Principle Two: Work In Combinations

If you are to be successful with low line kicking, you’ve got to put everything together. Don’t let your opponent realize what your next kick would be. You may try groin kick, thigh kick etc. randomly. This is very good for self defense.

Most people don’t know what to do against low line kicking. You start damaging them down there. So, use your leg. Your leg is the strongest muscle in your body. Use your legs to attack these vital targets on his body. Don’t neglect this. So, practice these kicks a lot.

Put all the low line techniques together

Summary: Things We Learned

To conclude, low line kicking is really important for self defense. It’s not the most difficult self defense technique. What you need to do is to practice the low line kicks and use them with perfection. So, following are what we learned in this lesson:

  1. Low line kicking is easy to use and it doesn’t take much time.
  2. When using low line kicking, target the lower half of your opponent. Don’t go for a head kick or anything like that if you’re not forced to do that.
  3. Implement all of your low line kicks randomly. Don’t just stick to any specific low line kick. Use all of them – no specific role which one to use first and which one to last.
  4. Practice low line kicking for self defense.
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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.