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Standing and grounded defenses against kicks
- Standing defense against kicks from front with leg lift and kick. In defending against kicks from the front, hold your position until the opponent starts delivery, then quickly turn and clamp the leg with one hand over the calf and the other hand under the heel. In this position, the opponent is completely off balance and helpless. Follow through by kicking his standing leg from under him, at the same time lifting his kicking leg. The resulting fall will stop the ordinary opponent, but in any case, you are in a position to conclude the counterattack with hands or knees.
- Kneeling defenses against kicks from side. From the prone position, time the approach of your assailant so that when he starts to deliver his kick, rise to your hands and knees, fall sharply against his upright leg, and clamp it with your arm. The momentum of his approach thus helps to throw him off balance. Pulling his leg under you throws him to the deck. By the use of a toehold, turn him over; slip one leg behind his knee and clamp it with a bar toe hold. In this position, little pressure is necessary to break the leg or dislocate the knee. You may use either one or both hands to conclude the counterattack. This is because your body pressure against the foot is sufficient to hold the opponent down.
- Prone defense against kicks. As the assailant advances, determine which leg will deliver the kick and start to apply knee lock to the opponents standing leg. Hook one foot behind his heel, striking sharply with the other foot against his knee. Usually the power of his momentum will force the knee joint. Otherwise, throw him by following through. In advancing to conclude the attack, use the knees to prevent him from rolling over and grabbing you. Hook one foot behind his heel and strike sharply at the knees with your other foot.
- Prone defense against kicks from side. As opponent advances from the side, keep the upper leg cocked for action. As he starts to deliver the kick, swing your leg round behind his knees, thereby blocking his offense. Strike downward with the top leg and upward with the under leg in a scissors action so that his own momentum will throw him. From this position, roll up on the assailant, holding his leg, locked in your own. Application of pressure will break the leg or dislocate the knee. In any case, the assailant is completely at your disposal.