This particular kind of kick is a fantastic tool to have in your toolkit. Most strikes are meant to do some sort of damage, and even though this kick will hurt, the main purpose of this kick is to get distance from the thing you are kicking. Rather than trying to block all the attacks a knife wielding person delivers you can use this kick instead, as seen in the video.
However, it is important to note that you should only do so if the person has little to no momentum forward. If the person is at a sprint moving in your direction another option is preferable. Why? Because if the person is much larger and running at you, you will never generate enough force to stop them as you intend. What will actually happen is you will just be plowed over. They will become a springboard and you’ll bounce off. But, again, if they have little or no momentum forward this is a great option.
If you are a 3rd party to a situation, for example, if you become a witness to a rape you can use this kick to get the attacker off the person. It doesn’t have to be used for the sake of violence either. You can use it to kick in locked doors if you are trapped in a building during a fire. It is a big, powerful kick.
I’d like to give you some pointers on the technique itself to help prevent injury when throwing it. Here are some of the big points in the technique.
- Hands come up throat height, palms facing each other.
- The kicking leg’s knee comes up to your chest with a dorsiflexion in the foot.
- The kick goes out and the entire surface of the bottom of the foot connects.
- Drive hips through the object and set your kicking leg down forward.
So I’ll break this down and explain the important aspects of the steps.
Step 1, It is important to raise the hands to throat height to protect your throat and chin area from a slash or strike in the event your kick does not connect well. Palms are facing each other so that if there is a slash the blade doesn’t sever the tendons in the wrist area.
Step 2, if you do not bring the knee to the chest you are likely to “swing” the leg forward which will not generate the proper force. Also, I know this from experience, if you swing the leg you can hyperextend your knee if the person has momentum forward. You want the kick to go straight out, and not have any sort of upward movement. The dorsiflexion of the foot helps to make sure you connect with the whole surface of the bottom of the foot instead of the ball of the foot.
Step 3, if the entire surface of the bottom of the foot doesn’t connect you will try to use calf muscles instead of your large muscles like the glutes, quads, and hamstrings to generate the power.
Step 4, you must drive the hips forward and generate as much power as possible otherwise you will end up kicking yourself backward instead of kicking them backward. Set your leg down forward to ensure you do not make this mistake. When the foot lands forward you want to finish in a fighting stance.
Note: because reality is unforgivng and mistakes happen, in the event you don’t connect center mass with your opponent and your kick glances off leaving you nose to nose with them you should immediately follow up with more counter attacks to create the space.