Inside Leg Kicks
That Inside Leg Kick was on point, by Keri Melendez she came out and opened with it in her first combination. It’s a high level tool and can set up death for you target. Muay Thai doesn’t score the leg kick as high as its other leg and knee strikes but the Dutch and modern era of strikers have learned and seen the truth of leg kicks they are hot death at a low angle coming at you as fast or faster than a punch. The difference is if you get chopped at the leg by let’s say an Aldo or Ernesto Hoost you will not be able to move at the same pace you let alone stand on it look at Faber for more clarification.
So what’s the breakdown of this thing, well it’s not really overly complex it’s a leg kick to the inside thigh and down of your target with either the rear or lead leg. The majesty of the movement comes with avoiding the strikes before and after you throw it where you’re vulnerable and open to getting hit why, because you’re standing relatively square and close to the targets range. This is where blending some technical brilliance from TKD will help, being fast in this movement is the key at the drop of a dime being able to land and stay safe that’s the key. Once that’s established and you only throw with speed you can add some thudding power or what have you but the real fun starts when you start layering combinations. One of the most artist things I have ever seen is Aldo throwing an inside leg kick and immediately catching with his crisp smooth wonderful 1, 2 without even hesitating against a legend in K Flow Kenny Florian.
Get in where you fit in and check the breakdown of the kick.
- The key to this is something the Thais and Dutch do very well, kick all the way through the target. I know duh right well “I think you’d be surprised” – Brendan Schaub
- The non kicking leg should turn out forcing the hip to turn over or fully rotate so you can keep your balance while on one leg.
- Begin like you would for all kicks line up the shin with the point above, below, and on center with the target. Forcing that hip to power through.
- You know you’re doing it right if your body is flat, think of a ballerina opening up their hips and squatting that’s how your hips should be. Forcing that rear leg to twist outward will help with this.
- The old adage is that if there’s no friction or resistance and you miss the kick, you should spin all they way around like a top which is true.
- After developing all the above proper mechanics the last key is the striking through and spinning if you miss over and over again until you’ve done your 10,000 reps of mastery well have fun with that lol.
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