Kicks have a great significance in most martial arts and especially in the Filipino Arnis. Warriors use kicks in coordination with the other moves and punches to deliver damage to their opponent’s body. They complement the action of fierce weapons that are used in different martial arts. While the enemy’s attention would be mostly focused on your hands and the weapons you are using, such as sticks, swords or knives, a low kick or round kick can become very crucial to take your opponent off guard.
Kicks will be directed to different parts of the body to inflict various types of damage. A kick aimed towards the opponent’s calf can break the shinbone if it is directed properly and has enough power. One that is directed to the chest can cause severe damage to the rib cage and the lungs causing your opponent to collapse. Low kick can be fatal if they are directed towards the most sensitive parts of the body and if you make sure that they have enough force.
The secret of kicks lies in snappy short ones that have lots of power and are directed fast and continuously to neutralize your opponent. Slower kicks will give your opponent the chance to attack back by twisting your leg or attacking you using a knife or a sword. Used in accordance with other weapons, you can end your combat very soon if you know how to practice the sidekick correctly. Your opponent will not be able to block your constant attacks coming from every direction. There is no secret why this kick is the most popular one with world class Arnis and martial arts heroes.
The use of low kick in Eskrima
The art of the Eskrima involves the use of all the limbs of the body in addition to using a stick or a knife. Traditionally, a warrior would carry the stick in his right hand while he uses his left hand for punching. The kicks were usually used to deliver damage in close combat. Your target is the lower part of the opponent’s body.
In other martial arts, the warriors use different kicks that are directed at a higher level and attack the chest or the head. A strong kick to the head or the neck can end your opponent’s life on the spot.
High kicks are long-range tools directed to inflict damage in empty hand combat. If there is a knife or a sword involved in the fight, high kicks become less efficient and practical because a mediocre weapon can neutralize them fast. Different types of kicks might not be the primary tools used in Eskrima, but they are of great importance to catch your opponent off guard and jeopardize his balance.
How to do the low kick
If practiced correctly, the low kick can deliver a lot of damage to the body because the power originates from the hips, the back and the core. Learning the low kick is not hard, but you need to spend sometime to master it. You will learn how to attack your opponent effectively while protecting your body because you move sideways, away from your opponent’s reach.
- In the beginning, you might want to use a chair or lean against the wall to work on your balance while learning to do the low kick.
- Stand sideways to the target and lift the knee of the front leg. Flex your ankle and get ready with the blade of your foot. This is the outside part that you should use to attack your opponent. Lift your knee with your heel pointing at the enemy.
- Straighten your leg and bring your foot to the part you want to attack in your opponent’s body. Make sure that the heel stands higher than the toes while striking. The blade of the foot is what you use for striking.
- Bend your knee again before bringing your leg down to the ground again.
What are the best tips to master the low kick correctly?
You will need time and effort to learn the low kick, especially together with different weapons and sticks. But here are the most important tips that will help you master it fast:
- Keeping your foot parallel to the ground maximizes the power of your kick while attacking.
- Don’t stick your butt or bend your body to gain more height.
- Keep your upper body straight and don’t lean to get more power for the kick.
- Make sure that you are using your leg muscles only to add more power to your kick.
- You should maintain a straight line from your head, shoulder to your pivot foot. Watching yourself in the mirror can help you maintain the position.
- Hold your low kick for 5 seconds before repeating the same technique again.
- In the beginning, you will not be able to kick high, but this will get better by time. You will be able to control the power of your kick and its height the way you want to by giving it more time and effort.
Wrap it Up
Because the sidekick is very dominant in different martial arts and practices, you can see here how it is performed. Avoid hitting using the front or tip of your foot, because your toes might get broken. Bending your knee and releasing it once it gets in contact with your opponent’s body will put more power and strength into the sidekick. In no time, you will kick like professionals to end any combat to your favor.
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