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The Koshi Geri and Reverse Kick to the shin are excellent combat or self-defense moves in close quarters combat. Both kicks are discussed in detail on this page.
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FRONT KICK OR KOSHI GERI TO SHIN
The Koshi Geri and other kicks to the shin are excellent combat or self-defense moves in close quarters combat.
EXECUTING THE FRONT KICK OR KOSHI GERI TO SHIN
It is very easy to execute this kick. Simply draw your leg up so that your foot is in line with your opponent's shin. Whip the leg back, and then smash it forward with the body weight behind it. Your aim is to break or seriously damage the opponent's shin.
USES OF THE FRONT KICK OR KOSHI GERI TO SHIN
There is a nerve complex along the front of the shinbone around 4 inches above the ankle. This is your target. At the very least, your kick should cause damage to this nerve complex. The real point of the kick, is of course, to try to break the shinbone itself. This is possible if you put sufficient force and bodyweight behind the kick.
CRUCIAL POINT TO REMEMBER
One crucial point to remember when using this or any other combat move, is never to strike just once. Strike repeatedly, again and again, until the opponent is visibly damaged. One blow may not cause enough damage to put the opponent down, but several blows in sequence, certainly can.
The Reverse Kick to the Shin is an excellent combat and self defense move that will be used in many sequences, so you should focus on mastering it.
EXECUTING THE REVERSE KICK TO THE SHIN
The reverse kick to the shin is a Kakato Geri, that is to say, a heel kick, in which you strike with the heel. It is most commonly used when an opponent grabs you from behind. Simply raise the knee, and stamp backwards at the opponent's shin with the heel of your foot. Stamp repeatedly until the opponent is visibly damaged. Your aim is to actually break the opponent's shinbone.
USES OF THE REVERSE KICK TO SHIN
This kick is extremely useful if you are being held by someone behind you and wish to release his hold. As you will learn, in future combinations, once an opponent's shin is broken, you can follow this up with many additional moves, to put him down.
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