standard block/catch response to straight on sidekick to head is to shoot your rear hand guard hand fwd right at the incoming kick (fairly aggressively) to stop the kick with around the palm of the glove while the lead hand scoops and underhooks the heel under the achilles. you may be fading or moving in depending on variables. note that if the angle of the kick is steep yuo may not be able to scoop with palm up for the high kcik as you would for a mid level kick but you can still come across with your lead hand and catch it on the back of the glove. first priority is obviously just to stop the kick from smashing your face; getting the catch is just the bonus. from there the the response depends on dynamics but there are different types of strikes, sweeps and throws this can set up. anything from tossing the leg away to offbalance while you throw a cross overhand or hook to the head. or a common sweep may be to pendulum/swing the foot and leg around to your side as you step in at an angle around the kick, underhook or overhook depending on which side you move in to as you let go with the other hand which momentarily guards you from a possible counter-punch, step or shuffle also depending on which side and kickout/sweep or step behind the post leg as the free hand does a push/strike high on the body or head to topple the person as you trap their escape movement with leg or kick out the leg for the takedown.Quote:
Originally Posted by PPlate
the above assumes you are in a good protective crouch with your chin protected with your lead shoulder and your hands in the right place to form a decent guard and make the required block. there are a lot of specifics to make it work right but it is reliable once youve gotten the basics down.
in many cases it is just better to move and slip your head to one side or the other to avoid this high kick and shoot in with takedown or strike and an angle around the kick, or sometimes if you get caught by the kick its better just to keep both hands up in front to take the kick and try to stay in a good position to counter afterwards.