Low-line Kicks, Part 2

Shin Kick

Unless people train to deaden the shins and calcify the bone, this area of the anatomy doesn’t have much protection between skin and bone.  So, it’s a very nice place to throw a kick.  We train with the rear leg only.  Lifting the leg slightly, the side of the foot accelerates towards the shin—the hip is open.  We use the instep instead of the toe for the striking surface because it’s tricky to make contact with toe to shin, especially under duress.  Sometimes we scrape or drag the foot a little bit across the ground until we get close to the target, (like kicking up dirt) then explode with the foot into the shin bone.  Once your foot is planted to the side, after the kick (hopefully you get some hyper-extension with this one, too), there is a nice opportunity for a downward elbow strike.  We train this on one of the Slammer pads, but you could also train this on a piece of PVC pipe with a wide diameter.  Very nice, indeed.


Okay, now I want you to pay attention about this one.  Everyone already thinks they know how to stomp, but I want you to stomp BETTER.  Bring yourself directly adjacent to the target.  Lift your body up and lift your knee.  Now, bring all your bodyweight to bear on the target, like you’re squashing a humongous cockroach with your foot.  BAM!  No love taps or nudges, here.  Think of your leg as a powerful piston.  A stomp is nice insurance.  You triumphantly got him to the ground somehow, and you want to make sure he doesn’t. . .just fill in the blank, here.  Maybe you want to keep him from getting up and running after you.  Maybe you want to destroy the weapon-retaining hand.  OR maybe he is just kneeling, and you want to make sure he doesn’t get back up to try something stupid.  Expect that you might break the ankle, or if he is prone and his foot is dorisflexed (toe pointing towards ground), you might do terrible things to the Achilles.  Same thing if he is kneeling.  I see this one as a finishing move if I STILL FEEL HE IS A THREAT.  Obviously, only you can make that determination within the context of your situation.

Alrighty then.  I won’t get into the mechanics of the Thai kick, side kick or push kick—we don’t use them that much in our Gutterfighting.  They are awesome tools, and if you train in Muay Thai or other arts, they are definitely worthwhile, but take much more training to master, in my opinion.  I recently found an interesting article on the Urban Samurai about high kicks, and it discusses whether or not they are “worthless.”  A lot of folks say they’re too risky for the street, but you know, there are probably some out there with the timing and speed, who can actually pull it off.  Anyway, here is the link: 



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