How to beat a kicking-based fighting style

Friday, February 10, 2017

Fighting someone who is good with kicks can be very difficult. The amount of damage they can do from long range can be really tough to deal with.

Practitioners from traditional martial arts backgrounds such as taekwondo or karate are usually going to have the best kicks, but even just muay thai or straight up kickboxing or even MMA can produce some heavy kickers like Edson Barboza or Pedro Rizzo from back in the day.

In the following video from popular martial arts YouTube channel ‘fightTIPS’, Shaun goes over a few strategies that you can use to close the distance and defeat someone with a kick-heavy style with punching techniques.

The most important thing to do is obviously avoid the kicks but like Shaun says they are only going to be effective at long range. Once you close the distance you are going to have the advantage in close with your punching techniques.

Shaun also goes over the proper way to block head kicks using your shoulder and both of your hands to absorb the blow before moving in close once more.

He also goes over how to catch a kick when thrown to the midsection. It is important to note when catching a kick though that you must block it as well so you don’t take any damage. From there you can look to sweep or throw some punches.

The major take away here though is when fighting a kicker do not fight at kicking range where they are going to be most effective and instead look to close to distance to deliver your punching techniques.

fightTIPS teaches you how to fight with street fight and anti-bullying self defense, including martial art technique and fitness tutorials to win a fight and increase confidence. Avoid a fight at all costs, but when you can’t — avoid injury. [Source: FightTips]

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