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15.0 Some Examples of Kickboxing Applications to Self-Defense

In contrast to the previous techniques, the hands do not wear gloves and we are no more dealing with a sport, but with a fighting art. A separate volume will be devoted to kickboxing self-defense. We are going to limit ourselves to a few examples which will convince the reader of its usefulness and versatility. It will also become clear that essentially all techniques given so far are directly applicable to self-defense.

15.1 GUIDELINES

a. Never fight unless you absolutely have to. Avoid people and places which may lead you into fights.

b. Train regularly and conscientiously. Besides the necessary skills, this will also give you much self-confidence.

c. If you must fight, fight to win without second thought. Move in to attack swiftly and decisively. Break the fight as soon as your opponent has lost all desire to attack.

d. Keep in mind that any defensive techniques should, as much as possible, be in proportion to the potential effect of the attack and the intentions of the attacker. Else you may be in serious trouble with the law.

e. The best self-defense is the one which discourages your potential opponent from attacking. A calm and fearless attitude is invaluable to this effect.

f. As soon as you judge that your opponent's attitude becomes aggressive and he is about to become violent, attack first, if you can, to stop him in his tracks. Try to keep him at full distance, using your feet.

15.2 AGAINST AN APPROACHING OPPONENT

Attack him in rapid succession with a left "Low Direct" kick, then with a right one and finally with a "High Direct" kick as shown in Comsek I.

15.3 AGAINST AN APPROACHING OPPONENT

Attack him in rapid succession with a right "Low Direct" kick to the closest shinbone and with a left "Circular" kick to the mid-section, then set your left foot behind his left foot following the direction you were moving in and, after pivoting to the right, follow through with a right "Side-of-Foot" kick to the back of his left knee.

15.4 AGAINST SEVERAL APPROACHING OPPONENTS

Throw a "Side-of-Foot" kick against the closest one near the edge of your field of vision simultaneously with a punch in the opposite direction (like an isometric punch). Let then your kicking leg carry you into a forward roll between two of the opponents. As you get up, throw a "Heel Spear" to protect your rear and pivot to face your closest attacker. Deal with him. Maneuver to deal only with one at a time, using dodges and rolling kicks.

15.5 AGAINST ANY REACHING ATTACK

Counter with an "Instep" kick to the lower abdomen. Coming from below, this kick has a considerable effect of surprise and is very effective.

15.6 AGAINST AN OPPONENT WHO ATTEMPTS TO GRAB YOU

Deflect his attacking arm, as he is about to reach you. Pivot to come by his side, facing the same direction he does and attack his closest knee with a "Side-of-Foot" kick.

15.7 AGAINST A FRONT TACKLE

Knee his face and punch his nape with the sides of your fists.

15.8 AGAINST A LOW FRONT TACKLE

Sidestep and use a "Side-of-Foot" kick to his face.

15.9 AGAINST AN OPPONENT GETTING READY TO BOX

 Use in rapid succession a sequence of "Instep" kick, "Side-of-Foot" kick and "Circular" kick, switching kicking foot for each kick.

15.10 AGAINST A LEFT JAB

Use a "Side-of-Foot" kick on his forward knee and follow through with a "Circular" kick to the midsection, switching kicking foot as above.

15.11 AGAINST WRIST GRABS

A "Low Direct" kick on the closest shinbone will break almost any wrist grab.

15.12 AGAINST A SLEEVE GRAB

Pivot away from the hold and retaliate with a "Side-of-Foot" kick to the outside of his closest knee.

15.13 AGAINST A TWO HAND LAPEL GRAB WITH PULL

Take immediately, over his arms, the starting position for either a right or left "Reverse Punch". Thus, your elbow will protect you from a butting attack on his part. Go along with his pull and strike a "Reverse Punch" below his ear. Move in with his reaction and knee him in the groin.

15.14 AGAINST A NAPE PUSH

Pivot to one side and retaliate with a "Side-of Foot" kick.

15.15 AGAINST A BARROOM STYLE EVICTION ATTEMPT

Move faster than he pushes, dive, put your palms on the ground and retaliate with a "Heel Spear" to his lower abdomen with the foot closest to him.

15.16 DEFENSE FROM THE GROUND

Kick to keep him at bay with your feet, always maneuvering to be facing him.

15.17 DEFENSE FROM THE GROUND

Hook his closest heel with yours and throw him by applying a "Side-of-Foot" kick slightly above the inside of the corresponding knee. Throw him by a push-pull scissor-like action of your legs. As he falls, get up with a back roll.

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