The Case Against High Kicks, Part II
You Create Openings. The higher you lift your kicking leg, the more you expose your groin and supporting leg to a counterattack.
- Your Weaken Your Base. Your feet are your foundation. Any time you lift a foot you weaken that foundation and sacrifice mobility. (Hopping on one foot is not an effective means of getting around.)
- Your Leg Can Be Grabbed. I prefer to kick where an opponent cannot get a hand on my leg. By kicking low, I am drawing the opponent into reaching down for my leg, which creates an opening at his head. If an opponent gets a hold of your leg, you’re in big trouble.
- Higher Kicks Are Less Powerful. A roundhouse kick sat waist level is a killer. The higher you bring that kick up, the less “oomph” there is behind it.
- High Kicks Are Risky. If you fall, there is no referee on the street to stop the fight until you get up.
- Against an unarmed opponent, a kicking leg is blocked. Against an armed opponent, a kicking leg is smashed or even worse, cut.
- You Will Get Old. (Unless you die first.) When you’re 18, high kicks, high spin kicks, and jump spin kicks sound great. But as you get older, and you have injuries, you find that high kicks just don’t work. I’m 48, and high kicks just don’t work for me like they used to. Sure, I could spend longer hours stretching, but I’ve concluded that given the inherent weaknesses of high kicks, it’s too much work for little return, and a greater level of risk.
Tomorrow I will talk about a better way.