I hate getting my legs banged up.
Unless you catch someone on a meaty part, kicking someone’s leg hurts.
Getting kicked in the legs hurts.
Checking a kick hurts, too.
I’m sure there are regimens for desensitizing one’s legs…
but that ain’t gonna stop the damage.
Just ask MMA, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai veteran Anderson Silva.
Yes, I’m gonna reference the leg break,
but this isn’t another article on that.
There have been more than enough of those.
While I’m sure there is going to be a whole lot more checking of leg kicks
and perhaps a few less kicking of legs,
leg kicks will persist…
especially if fighters use it appropriately.
But when should a fighter kick?
It depends on what he is concerned about happening.
If he is concerned about not getting taken down,
then kicks need to be aimed high…or low.
Anything towards the middle is fodder for catching.
If he is especially worried about the takedown,
he will only kick when his opponent is moving backwards.
But if he is worried about his own leg breaking,
then he wants to make sure his opponent can’t
have weight behind his check…
he needs his opponent to be off balance.
Balance is of the utmost important in a fight…
and especially for kicks.
In order to kick,
a fighter must lift one leg, leaving him with only one leg
(and often not even a full foot) to use as a base of support.
If a fight were a competition between bases of support,
(which it is), in order to kick,
the kicker purposefully puts himself into a position of disadvantage…
so he wants to make sure that he kickswhen
his opponent is in a position of disadvantage, too.
So what is that position of disadvantage?
That position of imbalance…of being off base.
Kick, but in Kuzushi style. Kick when your opponent is off base
from your feints, punches, elbows, and knees.
I can’t guarantee you won’t break your leg
but it is much more likely you will hurt your opponent
than hurt yourself…
and that is what the striking arts are all about.