Outside Scooping Defense Against Regular Kick to the Groin

Technique Review 

This week’s technique review is about defending the raised kick against the groin with an outside scooping defense. So the idea is that the natural response when down …

Video transcript

Hi everyone. This week’s technique review is about defending the raised kick against the groin with an outside scooping defense. So the idea is that the natural response when down, you should be with crossed hands. So whether it happened that the attacker advances and the natural response was lifting the hands up, and then you see the problem is coming from below, then the hands go down. Well this is going backwards. That’s usually the natural response to that type of problem. Or, maybe you were talking to a person or you were with hands this way and then a kick to the groin came and that was the natural response.

So we start the learning process, we start the training, from this passive stance with the hands across. If the hands are by the side you will be in side defense. If the hands are a bit crossed from above, we are applying the outside defense.

Go ahead please.

So he’s kicking me … one more time … Okay. So what do we say is this. As before, with the inside defense, we are doing the body defense. So we sent the leg to one direction … Yes, well done … We sent the leg to one direction and the body is going the other direction. What’s very important to remember … very slowly … that the kick is deep. So if you are doing this response, and again the natural response, the kick will still hit you. What’s important is to educate ourselves to do that action, move sideways. The hand is going down, don’t make a mistake, like this. It’s really almost like stabbing downwards with the palm out.

The idea is very simple. If I want to defend this way and get kicked, I will break my hand, meaning he will break my hand. So, it’s going down and then to the side. Down and then to the side. So down to the side of the leg and then outward, deflecting the kick. That’s the idea. And again, when doing this the pelvis moving backwards is not sufficient for body defense.

So the hand defense has to be efficient. And that’s one of the most common mistakes … slowly … The common small mistake is that the kick doesn’t reach you. One more time … so,  do very, very slow … So he can really reach me if I am standing in my place. But the moment I do a little bit of moving backwards, he will not reach me. So then what happens, the common mistake is … slowly, slowly … is that. That’s a common mistake. You see I was not doing quite of a high defense. And the pelvis moved backwards. Again, the assumption, the body movement is not sufficient. So from here, that’s the idea, so we move more down and towards the chin, ankle area and turning the pelvis. At the same time, I should be moving forward and kicking. If I cannot hit at least at first, I will trap first and then hit with the back hand. Slowly … Let’s say I did manage to be long enough, I’ll touch first. If I manage to be long enough, I will be able to hit. That is the basic of this technique.

Again, common mistakes … slowly, slowly … is putting the hand too flat. The hand is going to the side and from the side, hitting. Now we call it scooping, but scooping is only a name. Usually, we are doing the defense with the heel of the hand, wrist area. That’s what is hitting. If I will be early with the body and a bit late with the arm, I will be out and maybe I’ll be able to defend with the forearm. But usually the palm, the area of the wrist is the one that’s hitting, the shin outward. The scooping action, this action, is again a by-product. After the hit, there is some sort of a weak action, that is doing this defense. So definitely you do not defend the fingers, and you’re not defending with this action. The action of defense is a hit, with the heel of the hand, palm heel, or the wrist area. A little bit low part of the forearm can be.

The technique can be the same whether he is kicking me with the left, or with the right. Again, like we were discussing in the inside defense … please take something that can balance you. Usually, you can put your hand on the wall. This will be better for us … going slowly. What I am doing is this. I kick with the leg … between my legs, sorry, before I put it, let’s do it before … at least try to stay here. Then, from this position, I do the technique.

So I am learning. He must not trigger my fighting response. And from here I’m learning how to lower myself, turning the pelvis, deflecting, going back and forwards and hitting. And again, if he’s tall I will be trapping the hand first because if I could not reach with a strike, I will first deal with the hand. The moment the hand is so much forward, it is more in danger of me. If it’s kicking like this, then it’s backwards then it’s less of a problem, I should hit him early enough, or I should be protecting myself, wherever is reasonable to put the hand.

So, exactly, from here turning while dropping the shoulder. So this action, how I am moving the pelvis plus going down, turning, moving him to one side. His leg one side and the pelvis to the other side. That’s the essence of this technique. And again we are working hand, body and step. So hand, pelvis, center of gravity moves forward, you’re walking. So everything you start together, the moment he moves, I’m going doing the technique. So the idea is I move very, very early with everything. I try to do early hand defense, the earliest body defense and the earliest step.

Okay. What happens if the kick is coming in an angle? Meaning I put my foot up, I put my right leg forward, and he is kicking to my groin, and my hands are here. So in this case I do the inside defense. It’s obvious that’s the idea, the hand defense here, and the hand defense high. We know this, we have seen this before. But what happens in this case … exactly, what happens … slowly one moment … when he is kicking my leg, or he’s kicking my ribs. So that’s the problem. Let’s see, show it in this angle. So he’s either kicking my leg, or kicking my ribs or something like this, that’s the problem that I am facing.

So again we are showing this also with the knife defenses, very much depends what’s your natural response. Is your natural response turning slowly, turning to the person and doing something like this? Is that your response? Or suppose something like this, that is very common when you see kids fighting and playing between themselves. So you see something like this is the natural response. Now depending on a natural response … please look he’s kicking me … Look what happens here, he attacked and I move. So when he attacks … slowly … I move him with my hand and I move my body and I’m stepping back and forward with my leg and going to kick him.

So either you kick his landing leg firstly, or suppose you go to kick his body. So the area of the kidneys, low ribs, that’s the first attack. That’s the basic story, one more time, and from here depending, longer range you kick, shorter range you give a hand. What happened? You are in side position. So this is one option.

The other option …let’s do it from here, they will see it better … The other option is based on this type of response. So he is attacking me, so what happens here, I move in and I’m spinning on both balls of the feet. If it’s against the knives and other problems, look how the hand defense is … one more time … look how the body defense is. Two things together, and of course, this hand needs to be ready to defend against either a higher kick, or his back hand.

So, from defending or trapping and dealing. So we have a defend, defend attack with the spinning of the legs slowly. Defend, defend attack. So defend with the lowest hand, with the far hand and go on like that. And you see way I move out of the channel so it’s a process of spinning and then moving out of the channel. So I get out of the channel a little bit later, compared to for instance this, if move earlier out of line and channel, it takes me a little bit longer time. That’s why I need better defenses, so we do sort of a double defense. Defend, defend like that.

If it’s from this side, and I’m doing that way, I usually can punch again early, or kick because it’s so open. It’s natural, it’s just basically having of a fight … let’s start at the beginning … So from here, defend and kick. Or defend and strike. Or, defend and strike. So overall we are using the same principles as before. Slowly, please do again from here … this and kick, an option. Moving back and striking. He’s so close to me I could hit him sometimes. He’s more far from me I kick him first. I did turning of body, I kicked.

So these are all variations that are based on the principles that we have from the different defenses, hand defenses … So all the same hand defense. This type we call scooping, so again, forearm, palm defense. The same line of defense always. The body defense was changed according to the natural response. Is that response turning? Is the natural response sending the pelvis forward? Is that response moving with a far leg or moving with a close leg? These are all possibilities. Hopefully it’s clear. And I’m sure, the moment you train on it, you will feel it, it will be clear inside the body. Training. All the best and see you in a couple of weeks.


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