By Pete Kauffer
Kicking is a personal protection techniques that is taught in many courses and used quite often in a self-defense situation. Kicking techniques use numerous names to describe them in different styles of self-defense and martial arts. We will attempt to use easy to understand definitions.
The one drawback of kicking an attacker is the need for distance to execute the kick. Typically if a kick is to be employed the assailant must be at a distance so that the kick is effective. At a closer range a knee strike may be more effective.
Kicking techniques should be aimed below the waist to be the most effective. While television and movies portray flying roundhouse kicks and kicks to the head these are the least effective. And the most dangerous. A self-defense technique like this can leave you off-balance and in a vulnerable position. And if you miss your momentum could take you to the ground where you may be at a distinct disadvantage.
These four kicking self-defense techniques will allow you to keep your balance. They start from a balanced position and should be applied quickly and with full force. Again, kicks should be aimed at the groin, upper legs, knees, shins, ankles and feet.
Basic Front Leg Kick
This is about as basic as it gets. Most of us have used this kick at some point in our lives. Whether kicking a ball on a playground or our best friend in the hind end. Anyone can learn this self-defense technique in a short period of time. It is also highly effective for women self-defense.
Start with both feet firmly planted on the ground. Either step back with the kicking leg or kick from a standing position. Stepping back will increase the power of the kick but will take time and distance and decrease balance. Raise the leg, keeping it straight, swinging from the hip. The contact point can be the ball of the foot, the top of the foot (instep), the ankle or even the shin. Do not use the toes as a contact point as you may injure your toes on impact.
Basic Snap Kick
This is a more advanced self-defense kick as more balance is needed. More time is spent standing on one leg. But with a little practice balance becomes easier. Depending on the situation you could use this technique during the entire encounter. You can deliver a barrage of strikes quickly and with substantial force.
Start with both feet firmly on the ground. Bend the knee and raise the kicking leg to a comfortable position where you still feel balanced. The target of this kick is the groin area of the attacker. Therefore, unless they are very tall, the knee may only need to come up a foot or so. Point the knee at the target and kick with the lower leg without raising the knee. The contact points are the same as the front leg kick.
Advanced Snap Kick
This kick is a variation of the basic snap kick. With the basic snap kick the target is the groin area. The advanced snap kick targets the knees or shins. The focus is more directed at dislocating the attacker’s knee. Taking out a knee can quickly disable an attacker and stop the confrontation.
The stance is the same as the basic kick, as is raising the knee and kicking with the lower leg. The difference is the contact point is the ball of the foot to the kneecap or the side of the assailant’s knee. Full force must be applied with this self-defense technique for it to be effective as it is difficult to dislocate a person’s knee from the front.
Basic Side Kick
The basic side kick is also very easy to learn. And again most of us have used this particular technique to kick our friends standing beside us in the shin. A little balance is required with this kick as well.
Start with both feet on the ground. The kick can be delivered with just a straight sideways movement of the foot. Or the kicking leg can be raised at the knee and the foot extended sideways at a higher point on the attackers leg. A slight movement to the side or rear can add additional power to the kick.The side of the foot is the contact point. The target is the assailants shin, knee or even the top of their foot (instep) if you can stomp it with the heel of your foot. Because of balance and the laws of physics, there cannot usually be a large amount of force applied with this kick. You should be prepared to apply additional self-defense techniques after a side kick unless you are able to dislocate the assailants knee.
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