Technique of the Week | Left High Kick
Don't call it a comeback! It's been a while, but Mushin Training Center is finally back with our Technique of the Week series! This week, we will be looking at the left high kick.
As with all round kicks, it is easier to generate power with the trail leg. We plan to use this kick as a knockout shot, so we want to generate as much power as possible. To facilitate this, we will add a "switch" before throwing the kick. The switch allows us to temporarily change our stance, making our lead leg our trail leg, adding substantial power to our strike. We switch by simultaneously bringing our front leg back and our rear leg forward and to the side. The sideways movement of our rear leg moves our weight into the kick, preloading us for the attack and adding additional power.
Another thing that makes this kick unique is it's downward motion when it strikes. We want our kick to chop downward, not sail upward. This adds the acceleration of gravity to the force of the strike. We are not actually aiming for the head with this strike. We are aiming for the side of the neck. The jaw and the temple are not the only knockout points we can attack. Close to the spine inside the neck is the vagous nerve complex. When this complex is struck with enough force, it can instantly render someone unconscious. The force of this head kick is more than enough to accomplish this feat.
The kick itself is a very powerful tool, but it is useless if it cannot find its target. We have a very crafty set up to ensure our kick lands where it is intended. First we send some distracting jabs. This gets our opponent thinking that we will continue throwing hands and will cause them to shell up to protect themselves. Once they shell, we grab their glove, instead of jabbing, and pull it away from their face, leaving the side of their neck completely exposed. Now, we have the opening we needed to land the knockout shot!
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