While there are many different types of kicks you can use when you are defending yourself. Generally speaking when it comes to fighting the easier a technique is the better chance you have of pulling it off.
For example: Round house kicks to the head and body can be more easily countered than say a low round house kick. Another example could be a spinning back kick. While it’s a very powerful kick, it also leaves you exposed while you are spinning.
This is why I like low kicks like the ones seen in the Wing Chun system of kung fu.
Kicks are great long range weapons. They are best used when your opponent isn’t expecting them. You can also combine low kicks with a lop (grab) like you see Sifu Phu doing on the wooden dummy.
If you don’t have a Muk Jong to practice these kicks on you can always get creative. I practiced these kicks on fence poles, chairs, telephone poles. I even made a habit of opening doors that don’t have door nobs with slant kicks & front kicks.
Now it’s your turn: Have you seen these kicks before? If not are you going to go practice them? If you have seen these kicks or use these kicks what has your experience been with them?
Talk to you soon,
Sifu Larry Rivera
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