Muay thai leg kicks

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The Leg Kick
Your guide to using the shin kick in the ring or the cage.

by

Wim Demeere

Picture: Rob Kaman scoring a leg kick on Carmichael. Courtesy of www.fightingmaster.com

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Copyright Wim Demeere 2009

Introduction
I remember the first muay Thai video I bought: The most anticipated fight of that time, Rob
Kaman against ErnestoHoost. Kaman had been a champion for a while then and Hoost was a rising
star. Many people thought Kaman was getting old and Hoost would make mincemeat out of him.
As it turned out, Kaman KOed Ernesto after five rounds of some of the most intense fighting I’d
ever seen in a ring. But what impressed me most was Kaman’s trademark move, the leg kick. He
used it to punish Hoost and even lift him offhis feet with it, forcing Hoost into a perfect face plant
on the canvas. Pure, raw power in a single kick. What’s not to be impressed about?
I went on to see more of Kaman’s fights and it became even more clear: he was an expert at using
the leg kick. Even though his opponents knew full well they should be wary of it, Rob always found
a way to surprise them and slam his shins into their upperlegs. He was so effective with his shin
kicks that he knocked out many opponents with it; they just couldn’t get up anymore. Sometimes he
only needed to land a handful of his “hammer kicks” before they were left sprawling on the floor,
wondering what the heck just happened.
Seeing Kaman in action started me on a quest to learn more about that particular technique. On the
surface, it lookseasy: swing your leg around like a baseball bat and the other guy grimaces in pain
on impact. In reality, it’s one of the most difficult techniques to perform correctly while avoiding
injuring yourself or being countered. The technical aspects require much more attention to detail
that you might expect when you see a fighter throw a successful leg kick. And the strategy and
tactics to use it withalso take an effort to master. But it can be done, it isn’t even all that difficult.
The only thing you need is time and patience… Of course, knowing what to do also helps, which is
where this free guide comes in.
The purpose of this guide is to give you some pointers on how you can make this formidable
technique work for you in the kickboxing and muay Thai ring or in MMA’s cage. I’ll explainthe
technical details of the many different parts of the shin kick and do so as well as I can. But keep in
mind that this information is only what works for me and my students.
If your experience differs from mine, that’s OK. If your coach or teachers says “That Demeere idiot
is full of crap! THIS is the only way you should do a leg kick!” then listen to him and do as he says.
I’m not therewith you and can’t tell if you’re showing him what I have in mind when I write
something here versus your interpretation of it. Or there may be specific reasons why he wants you
to do something else than what I’m talking about. Beyond that, martial artists rarely agree about

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anything so it’s only normal that peoplewill disagree with some of the things in this guide.
Let me repeat it; that’s OK by me. This isn’t a Bible, Torah or Koran by any means so waging holy
war over it is not worth it. I won’t get my little duck feelings hurt if you or anybody else thinks I got
it wrong.
But if you take away only one idea or practical tip from this guide and use it, then it’s worth it. If
you find several thingsto improve your leg kick or pick up a few tricks to surprise your opponents
and sparring partners with it, that’s even better. If you get more out of it still, heck I’ll be thrilled.
Whichever one it is, I hope you enjoy reading this guide and can find some use for it. If you
appreciate it, feel free to visit my blog at http://www.wimsblog.com/ and leave a comment there.

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