Monday, January 19, 2009
Wim Demeere: Some Interesting Kicks
Wim Demeere and I have traded some ideas on shin kicks and other unorthodox kicking. This was mainly inspired by the fight scene where Billy Bob Thornton uses kicks to the shins and knees, along with some heavy palm slaps. It's a great movie fight scene if you haven't seen it.
Wim had also posted "Gokhen Saki's leg kick", where he points out that an opponent can use a "short wall" block by lifting the knee. If you are throwing a back leg round kick to his leg, he puts up his "short wall" and you can break your leg literally in half, as painfully shown in the video in his post.
But more to the point; there are lots of kicks that can be inserted from interesting angles. In the video above, Wim demonstrates a "skip kick" to the shin at about 27 seconds. He also uses what I would describe as "Hackey Sack" kicks (to the opponent's lowered head), just like the ones played in the bean-bag kicking game.
These are clearly unconventional but none-the-less effective.
-Mike Martello, at our last Yin Bagua seminar also demonstrated a "Mud Step" kick on my training partner. Mike shuffled his feet as he stepped, pretending he was shaking mud off his shoes. As he walked around my friend, each little shake of the "mud shoe" kicked my friends shins. This was from a safe position as far as balence and there wasn't much you could do to stop it. These kicks are certainly not finishing techniques, but provide your opponent a lot of frustration, distraction and a chance to open up a knock-out blow.