How effective are leg kicks in a street fight?

I consider myself to be a martial artist. I hold a few different belts of various rankings in three martial arts, have been involved with martial arts for nearly two decades, and have an interest in the philosophies, both esoteric as well as exoteric, of the martial arts.

With that being said, my favorite technique, without a doubt, comes from the art of Muay Thai: the low leg kick.

Muay Thai is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.  This physical and mental discipline which includes kicking techniques that primarily focuses on the shin as a point of contact is known as “the art of the eight limbs” because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins being associated with a good physical preparation that makes a full-contact fighter very efficient.

Muay Thai became widespread internationally in the twentieth century when practitioners defeated notable practitioners of other martial arts with probably one of the defining moments occurring in 1988 in the United States when Changpuek Kiatsongrit from Thailand came to Las Vegas to fight Rick Roufus in a special-rules match that would later be called “the fight that changed history.” See that video here:

Damage from low leg kicks degrade the leg’s weight-bearing capability, balance, and footwork causing mobility to be increasingly compromised.  Leg kicks not only diminish the effectiveness of kicks and knees, but also punches and elbows.  With an injured lead leg, it becomes to0 difficult to “sit down” on punches.

Properly placed leg kicks will also cause the thigh muscles to immediately swell and stiffen up.  This makes it difficult to lift the leg to check subsequent kicks and even to maneuver out of the way of strikes.

BUT…will they work in the street? Check out the video below to find out.

Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…