The low round kick is a powerful technique for self-defense, capable of bringing down an opponent with just one kick. Consistently targeting their calf, thigh, or side of the knee can immobilize them. I've successfully used this technique in many matches, and it's one of my favorites.
Here's how to perform the low roundhouse kick:
Start from your fighting stance, lifting onto the ball and toes of your lead leg while rotating your hips and body toward the opponent.
Bend your knee slightly and point your toes downward.
Move your leg in a small arch from mid-height to low, targeting the opponent's calf, lower thigh, or knee.
Make contact with your shin on their calf, low thigh, or knee.
Keep your hands up for protection, either away or slightly above your head.
Move your head off the centerline to avoid straight punches.
Important note: Develop rock-hard shins to maximize the impact of your roundhouse kicks. Toughen your shins by rubbing them with a tubular stick, progressing to hitting your shins with the stick. You can also strengthen them by kicking the lower part of a heavy bag where the sand settles, using your shin and instep.
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The low roundhouse kick to the assailant's calf, low thigh, or side of knee