Discussion in 'Standup Technique' started by shs101, Dec 24, 2012.
What's a good easy way to defend leg kicks while standing in more of a boxing / side stance?
Well if there was, the thais wouldnt stand so square, just ask payak!!!
If you stand sideways you can only defend one side properly.
First lesson taught to boxers turning to kickboxing/muay thai.
Good rule of thumb: Don't put all your weight on the front leg.
2.Control the distance.
Be lighter on your feet, keep more of your weight on the back leg, use proper distancing, pull your lead leg back when the leg leg kick comes.
See 1.02 when Leon Walters dodges a leg kick from his opponent.
Of course Leon got hit twice before from a leg kick before that and was wise to his opponent's next attempt. Fact of the matter is, against someone who's game plan is to throw leg kicks, you are definitely going to eat some throughout the fight.
is this teaching boxers to use more of a bladed stance or the opposite?
Bring the leg back. It's a standard defense in Muay Thai as well--you bring the leg back, then counter kick or knee. Another method that I've seen used is teeping straight forward or even kicking the kicking leg of your opponent. You can also just move in and snuff the kick. Keep in mind as well that if the kick is at the end of a punching string and the guy is close, you better make sure you pivot out and rotate because there's little else you'll be able to do but square up and check the kick at that point. Something else to keep in mind, try to use different defenses where possible. Keeps the other guy from building strategies against you during the fight.
I mentioned this in another recent thread, but its not hard to fight offensively in one stance and defensively in another, even if for a moment.
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