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Additional Defenses Against Kicks G5 -Training Syllabus

Additional defenses against kicks using the legs or using strong body motions, an upwards shin kick against the round-house kick.

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Additional defenses against kicks using the legs or using strong body motions, an upwards shin kick against the round-house kick. The attacker is kicking a relatively low round-house kick towards your shin or low part of the body. Raising your leg with the shin kick from below the opponents leg, is only partly blocking his leg but mainly lifting it upwards. Your shin is striking the opponents leg in the area of the knee or his shin. This depends on the opponent’s shin position and knee position.

Looking from above, there’s more or less 90 degrees between your shin and its target area of the knee or area of the opponent’s shin. From the side when you look at it, it’s practically striking the opponents leg from below. It is common that this kick is usually done with your front leg while doing this leg defense, which is practically an attack. Your front hand, the corresponding hand, should be ready maybe the kick of the opponent is climbing up and being sent towards your upper body. Follow the defense with additional counter attacks. Both in the partner drill and also in the dry drill, you can see that the defending leg is lifted, the knee is adjoined … Is more opened and the shin is striking from below. In most cases you are sending your leg and your shin in an angle sideways to meet the attacking leg at a 90 degree angle from below.

Please note that there is no 90 degrees angle of a block, just the direction between the shin of the attacker and the direction it is coming to your shin, which is rising from below.

The blow to execute this technique, one has to have more of an attacking response and not a defensive last moment response. Follow with additional counter attacks, and the finishing mode. Moving away from the danger zone is one of the options.

In the dry drill you see the process of the technique, raising the leg a little bit … Raising more. Raising and kicking. And raising and kicking and continuing.

Bursting forward with a down knee strike against a low side kick. The attacker is advancing and delivering a side kick. If the side kick is low, the following technique is very efficient against it. The defender is lifting his leg, the knee is coming up the length of the area of the thigh or the knee of the opponent. Landing from above … Sort of a chopping action, descending the kicking leg downwards. With this, the kicking leg of the opponent misses any target.

Raising the knee and shin should be high or raising the shin, you’re moving forward. So you’re moving your body in comparison to your base leg. So the hips are moving forward, while the base leg stays more behind. This way your forward knee, the defending one, has got a longer reach. Your shin is tilted backwards and a bit to the side. This enables it to catch a wider area and have better chances in chopping down and meeting the opponent’s leg.

Chopping down is being done with the thigh, the shin and also the hips are assisting in generating force and momentum downwards. Striking the opponent leg and as soon as possible, you should be using your hands. Usually to trap the opponent’s hand and counter attacking with your back hand. Continue with additional counter attacks and the finishing mode.

This technique is efficient whether the attacker is kicking with his left or right leg. Almost always this technique is being done with the front leg only. In the dry drill we see the progression of this technique, meaning raising the leg … Raising the leg higher. Raising the leg and sliding forwards sometimes to be able to catch the attacker earlier. Doing it with striking downwards. That is practically the defense, and continuing with counter attacks.

Attacker starts from rather large distances and defenses in kicks towards your groin. Starting for example from passive stands, you do a drastic body motion crossing your heals … Using a advance crossings to the side and kicking with the leg to its direction you are moving.

Here your left leg moves under and behind your right leg, defending in sort of a hopping action. This is done usually with the advancing of sidekicks or round house kicks with the crossing actions, enabling the kicking leg to kick very early and fast towards its target. When you move to the live side of the opponent, he’s very much exposed. So your kicking leg finds a comfortable target.

Continue with additional counter attacks or as needed. In the dry drill you see the switching of the legs, moving away from the line and the channel of the attack and delivering an early counter attack to the opponent’s groin. As the attacker is advancing to kick, you see his move and his intention … You’ve got enough time to do this technique.

If your technique’s fast and strong, you’ll be able to hit the opponents groin before his leg is extended. Meaning before he manage really to kick. The essence of this technique is strong body motion, out of the line of the channel of the attack.

Against a rigor kick to the groin, sidestepping with a straight punch follow with a regular kick with the rear leg. The moment the attacker is advancing to kick you, while he is proceeding still with the advance, you strongly move to the live side preferably.

As you move, you are doing a sidestep, vaguely forward, with a strong body torque and a straight punch. The straight punch aim to pull your body and turn it so you pivot the upper body and the pelvis area … That’s one. And also it aims to disturb the opponent.

In most cases you will not be able to reach and hit the opponent with this strike, unless you started from an outlet stance or the opponent was charging forward and his body would be very much tilting forward, so you are able to reach him.

Normally you will not be able to reach him if you start from passive stands, however this strike aimed to disturb the attacker. To draw his attention.

The real attack follows immediately afterwards, when the pelvis returns and the back leg is kicking rapidly. So the body defense goes with the hop, one direction and then rapidly returns in the other direction. The essence of this technique, jump diagonally sideways with a strong body turn and a strike. And return rapidly kicking with the back leg. Continue with more counter attacks.

The dry drill shows exactly the body motion kin the two directions. Please pay attention, also the position and the change of position of legs.

A. Switch Kicks

  1. Two regular kicks in a switch
  2. Switching: a regular (front) kick and a roundhouse kick
  3. Side kick and a defensive back kick with a spin and switch

B. Additional Defenses Against Kicks

  1. Bursting forward with a high knee, shin at a diagonal, landing a knee strike on attacker's thigh.
  2. Against regular Kicks:
    1. Switching heels and attack with regular kick to the groin
    2. Side step with straight punch, follow with regular kick with rear leg

C. Advanced Defenses Against Pistol Threats

  1. Pistol aimed at back or side -- assailant at a distance
  2. Pistol aimed at back or side -- assailant very close
    1. Turn and grab elbow (if pistol at back)
    2. Turn and grab wrist (if pistol at side)

D. Attack, Defend, Attack (Part 1)
Person A -- attacks;
Person B -- defends, moves to dead side and counters.
Person A reacts with defenses and counters as needed;

Person A Executes → Front kick Roundhouse kick Side kick Right punch
Person B Executes → Outside defense to either side & counter Defense with forearm(s) & counter Stop kick Inside defense & counter
Person A Executes → Inside defense & counter Hand defense & counter Scooping defense & counter Defend & counter

Note: Person A should not use his first attack as a fake.

E. Attack, Defend, Attack (Part 2) - Opponent reaches Dead Side:

Person A -- attacks;
Person B -- defends; moves to dead side and counterattacks.
Person A reacts as follows:

  1. Continues with hammer fist or a kick backwards - the head kept low.
  2. Spins and attacks with a hammer strike or a back kick.

Note: Kick backwards can be regular or defensive, with or without a spin. Objective is to keep the distance from Person B, who is attempting to counterattack.

F. Attack, Defend, Attack (Part 3)

  1. Semi-free practice -- initial attack (strike / kick) is known, but B's reaction is unknown to A.
  2. Free practice -- initial attack is unknown to B. B should respond most efficiently.

Note: Person A - initiates an attack (at first a known one and later an unknown one). This training simulates one segment of a fight. Free practice should be permitted only after the student has practiced and obtained proficiency in all of the preceding exercises and principles.

G. Releasing Caught Kicking Leg

  1. Leap forward pulling caught leg, grab opponent, and counter with a strike and/or a knee kick.

H. Close Range Techniques / In-Fighting

Defender's objective -- deal with an in-fight situation:

  1. Retreat diagonally backward, executing counterattacks with punches and kicks
  2. Grab or trap attacker to limit his movement and counterattack
  3. Throw attacker with previously learned techniques
  4. Practice slow fighting while emphasizing in-fight situations

I. Dealing with a Continuous Attacker -- Whilst releasing from previously learnt releases on the ground

  1. Attacker launches more attacks during counteraction done by the defender.

J. Mental Training and Visualization

  1. Focus and concentrate on a point (min of 10 minutes, distance 2.5 - 3 mtrs.)
  2. From defeat to success -- visualizing a self-defense/fighting situation. In 5-6 steps, progress from defeat to a winning outcome.

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