Excerpted from A Los Angeles Bouncer's Guide to Practical Fighting by Noah Knapp
Defending oneself from kicks can be a totally safe practice. I say “can” because all too many times I have seen what should have been an easy block turn into a gross tactical error.
Legs are stronger than arms; no reasonable person will debate this fact. Taking a punch is one thing, but absorbing the raw power of a kick could easily end the fight before it has a chance to begin. There are several time proven methods to deflect, disarm, and diminish the strength of a kick. The purpose of the second part of this chapter is simply that, the complete avoidance of accepting such a devastating blow from your opponent. Lower body attacks create several difficult advantages such as power, speed, & distance, but they steal one vital component of our victory plan: balance.
Not once during my time as a bouncer did a fighter first attack me with a kick. Lower body attacks are rarely considered first by attackers, but this does not alter the fact that bouncers are always on the lookout for them. It is well known by any experienced member of a security team not only how destructive a kick can be, but how easy they are to defend against. When kicks are involved, any fight can easily be turned with just one block or even by simply walking forward at your attacker before their kick has a chance to peak.Read More