An axe kick delivered straight down on the pressure point top the collarbone will not be lethal but it may incapacitate an opponent. If the kick does not break the collarbone or dislocate the shoulder, it may temporarily disable the arm on the side that is struck.
The torso is a well-protected area but some targets are vulnerable. The solar plexus is an ideal target for a front thrust kick with the ball of the foot. Any type of side kick to the chest may cause incapacitating injury or death. . Back kicks are very powerful when performed correctly and can seriously injure your opponent's midsection. Roundhouse or heel kicks to the right side of the torso near the floating rib is an excellent target because lung circulation is located on that side of the body. A hook kick to the kidneys is a dangerous strike and may result in serious internal bleeding.
While most of the lethal kicks are limited to the head and upper torso, the lower torso and legs offer targets for causing extreme pain and disability. A front thrust kick, delivered with the outside edge of the heel to the side of the lower torso next to the groin will damage the sciatic nerve causing pain and paralysis. A side kick to outside of the thigh may damage the nerves and incapacitate that leg.
The legs are excellent targets in a combat situation. Low kicks are always the preferred kicks when you life is at stake. They reduce your exposure to attack, prevent getting a leg grabbed, reduce your chances of falling, and may be devastating to the opponent. A spin heel kick to the back of opponent's calf will cause pain and debilitating muscle spasm. A hook kick to the thigh or back of the calf may cause painful muscle separation. When targeted to the back of the knee, the same kick may break the joint. Raking the outside edge of the foot down the opponent's shin is very painful to the opponent as is stomping the heel onto the top of the opponent's foot or the area between the area between the big toe and the toe next to it.
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