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Defense Against Kick part 3 - Destroy The Kick

Updated: Mar 29, 2023

Part Three - Checking the kick:

This is the last part in our series "Defense Against a Kick". Checking the kick is a destructive defense that can render the assailant’s kicking leg useless, allowing you to finish the fight, or run away.

You will be using your own knee and shin to stop kicks coming from the front (i.e., front kick) or around the side (i.e. low roundhouse kick). This defense is effective against low and mid-height kicks to your body (use the other defenses against high kicks). With this defense you are able to keep your hands up protecting your face/head.

How to perform:
  1. Standing in either neutral or fighting stance, lift your knee quickly and turn it in the direction of the kick.

  2. Point your toes down, and flex/tighten your knee and shin.

  3. Turn your upper body in the direction of their kick, so your same-side knee and elbow connect. This will make a longer defensive “wall.”

  4. Practice "striking" the opponent’s kicking leg with your flexed knee.

  5. Check their kick with whichever leg you have closest to their kicking leg.

Below is a quick tutorial of how to perform the leg check defense.

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Checking the Kick

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