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Kick Defenses Part 1: Evading Kicks (instructional video included)


Kicks are powerful weapons that can do a lot of damage. If you've ever been kicked in the groin, knee, solar plexus, or head, you know what I mean.


Additionally, the legs are larger, stronger, muscularly thicker, and more bone dense than your arms. In fact, kicks are so powerful that if you were to block a kick with your hands, they can be broken by the kick. For this reason, we will be blocking kicks by other means.


The least impacting way to defend a kick is to evade or avoid it. Because kicks are so powerful, you should try to avoid them if possible. Certain evasions can set you up for a counter attack, while others will just get you away from the kick. The way you evade depends on what direction the kick is coming from.


Part One - Evading Kick Defense:

There are three ways you can evade kicks coming towards you. For some kicks you will need to move laterally (sideways), whereas for others, you will need to move diagonally. Moving laterally will get you away from the kick by creating distance. Conversely, moving diagonally will move you towards the assailant, but off the line of the kick.


See instructions below:

  1. How to evade laterally away from a front-line kick (i.e. front or side kicks): Standing in either neutral or fighting stance, step out laterally to one side, and slide your other foot along so that you end in the stance you started from.

  2. How to evade diagonally from a front-line kick (i.e. front or side kicks): Standing in either neutral or fighting stance, step out diagonally with one leg, (your forward leg if in fighting stance), and slide up your rear leg so that you are in the stance you started from.

  3. How to evade horizontal or kicks that go across, (i.e. roundhouse kicks or hook kicks, etc.): Standing in either neutral or fighting stance, take a retreating step backwards with one leg (your rear leg if in fighting stance), and slide back your other leg so that you end in the stance you started from. Make sure you step far enough back to avoid the kick.


Below is a quick video of using these tactics to evade getting kicked.



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