Excerpted from Stop Kicks: Jamming, Obstructing, Stopping, Impaling, Cutting and Preemptive Kicks by Marc De Bremaeker
Stop Kicks can be categorized in 4 broad types:
(1) Kicking the attacking limb. You kick the incoming arm or leg to block it, while inflicting pain and damage. You can either kick into the path of the attack to stop the forward movement, or kick it sideways to inflect its course. These are not fully stop-kicks, as they do not ensure
full stopping of the attacker’s forward momentum.
They are more “leg blocks” than Stop Kicks, but will generally be effective enough to at least dissipate the energy of the attack. Of course, like always, there is a whole array of nuances in between the two and classification can be difficult; we shall present many examples in the text.
For the sake of completeness, we will present succinctly the array of possible Leg Blocks in this introduction. This category is illustrated below.