Striking surface for shin kicks?
So, coming from TKD where everything was ball of the foot, shin kicks were a revelation to me. I usually aim with the very front of my shin when I am kicking the bag.
However, I recently saw a video of Pat Miletich instructing the low kick and saying that you should be striking with the inside edge of the shin (where I, conveniently, have a bit flat area) to prevent over rotating and whacking the outside muscle (which I sometime do when I over-rotate my hip).
It makes sense to use the inside portion of the shin bone, but what is considered "correct"?
Just strike with the front of the shin bone. Depending on range it can be the lower shin bone or even the upper shin bone. The upper shin bone has more bone mass and would be harder.
When you are kicking a moving target it can be hard to be precise. Just dont hit your foot or instep and you should not break anything.
AS long as you hit with the shin bone you will be fine
Cool. I figured as much, but I wasn't sure if there was a "proper" techniques vs just what people end up doing.
Here is the video, if anyone cares
If you flex your calf you can get a better idea of where the muscle is and where the shinbone is, kind of like if you flatten your palm or make a fist to feel the bone/muscle in your forearm. I normally just kick with the front of the shin.
On a low kick? In my experience, people just learning to kick will tend to under-rotate their hips and it ends up being powered by knee extension instead of hip. So, in my book, rotating the hip is a good thing, especially when kicking low, where you may need to turn the hip over and slightly down to hit the leg at the angle its bent.
Originally Posted by Krijgsman
I'm sure Pat Miletich knows what he's talking about though.
If you watch the video I posted it makes more sense.
Originally Posted by Permalost
I have OK hip turnover from TKD, so I don't have an issue with under-rotation so often as over-rotating and smacking my outside calf muscle.
I should probably ask a real instructor, but I don't have the time or money to add striking classes to what I am doing already.
Last edited by Krijgsman; 4/03/2013 11:30pm at .
After watching the video, I actually tried this out while doing some light sparring with a buddy of mine. A couple observations:
1) It works! (Surprise, surprise.) The mechanics aren't as different as I expected from the "usual" shin kick that I use, which tends to be with the front of the shin. It's surprisingly similar to a side-of-foot soccer kick, which Miletich mentions in the video.
2) That being said, I found that one of the vital things for me was to be in relatively close when throwing the kick this way, because if I had to reach for my partner's leg and started to lean back, I went further into the rotation to get the extra inches, which resulted in me using the front of my shin again. Setting the kick up with punches worked pretty well; I just had to keep my posture up and not reach for it.
3) It's definitely a nice striking surface - impact felt really solid, my partner could feel the effects even when I was throwing around 15-20% power-wise. Because of the aforementioned postural change, I also felt nicely balanced and poised while delivering the kick.
Thanks for sharing the technique, Krijgsman. It's an interesting and (I think) useful variation.
Glad it made sense and is useful!
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