Leg Kicks – A Key Ingredient of a Good Striking Strategy
Leg kicks or also known as low kicks are a very important part of a well rounded striking strategy. Leg kicks will impact your opponent’s ability to make basic movements. Additionally, if used correctly, leg kicks will also degrade your opponent’s ability to defend themselves. Which means more leg kicks, punches, elbows, and overall pain for your opponent.
How Leg Kicks Work
When you deliver leg kicks to your opponent, their ability to move and balance weight is impacted. Since properly placed leg kicks effect movement, an opponent’s ability to “sit down” on punches and strikes will also be hindered. Additionally, as kicks to legs connect, the damage adds up and an opponent’s ability to check kicks and move away from strikes is diminished. As kicks to the legs hit the thigh area, the two major areas impacted are the muscle tissue and the Sciatic nerve. The difference being that nerve attacks immediately cause the temporary loss of control for the limb and muscle tissue attacks cause swelling, cramping/knotting, and gradual deterioration of muscle function. Both hurt, just in different ways.
Leg Kicks On Display
The powerful effect of leg kicks was on full display during the Jose Aldo/Urijah Faber 2010 WEC Fight. Faber took a total of 31 kicks to the legs. Faber admitted that he was in a lot of pain, beginning in the first round when Aldo delivered some good kicks to Faber’s thigh. As the rounds progressed, Faber was limping and unable to fight his best. After the fight, Faber said he thought he was going to pass out. Post-fight medical examinations revealed tests Faber suffered no broken bones.
After the fight, Faber admitted that Aldo’s leg kicks put him at a disadvantage early on in the fight. He was unable to recover from the lack of mobility and the pain he was feeling and Aldo took full advantage.