Why do fighters (usually) try to check kicks?

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  1. clrscrn

    clrscrn Orange Belt

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    Does it hurt the attacker more? what is it
     
  2. blindgod

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    And what's up with them trying to block punches? Genuinely curious.
     
  3. Graunie

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    I would go to a gym and ask one of their fighters to kick you in the leg as hard as they can. That should answer your question.
     
  4. Murmillo

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    If you have conditioned shins it does not hurt nearly as bad to check the kick, then take it right into your thigh.
     
  5. CeleresVerraden

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    because leg kicks are normally used to smash your thigh muscle, making it hurt to contract it for a kick, a term called "corking". if you check it, your knee and or shin is taking the hit, which doesn't get corked.
     
  6. Dake

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    This is why.
     
  7. fightscience19

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    Normally fighters are taught (2) ways to deal with a low round kick.
    1. lift the front knee, pointing the shin outward toward the incoming kick. A check. usually followed by a counter kick.
    2. step slightly forward and turn the lead leg outward while keeping the toes on the ground. a jam. usually used along with a counter cross.

    reason: kicks the the thigh hurt.
     
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    A proper leg kick tries to drive the attacker's conditioned shin into the opponent's thigh in a manner similar to an ax, striking the muscles and nerves that run down the outside or inside of the thigh. Obviously, the muscles and nerves are more sensitive than a conditioned bone, so the receiver attempts to block the strike, by checking the kick. Checking the kick is the lesser of the two evils by far.

    :icon_chee
     
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    not sure if serious......
     
  10. SAAMAG

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    You cannot fight as effectively if you can't use good footwork. You can't use good footwork if your leg is deemed unusuable because you've allowed several leg kicks to get through.

    Additionally, you've only got so many options when dealing with leg kicks. The most efficient method is to intercept (teep). Then evade and counter, then check it.

    Another thing to note is that when you check a kick--you check with the upper shin/knee. Checking on the mid/lower shin will hurt you more relative to checking with the knee/upper shin.
     
  11. Sok Ti

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    it hurts them as much as it hurts you, where as if they kick you in the thigh, just you get hurt.
     
  12. Jecca

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    lol I remember the first time checking a kick in muay thai class with my friend. We both we're grabbing our shins like lil girls. That [email protected]#$ HURTS!! For the kicker and the checker!!
     
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    Correct and good advice....teeps are good but if he is fast then leg checks work just fine
     
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    Beginners shouldn't be throwing or checking kicks without shinguards...

    To answer the question TS, it's quite obvious. You're supplanting a weaker surface (the meat of your thigh) with a stronger surface (your shin/ knee). As someone else said, you can also intercept with a kick of your own, or you can plant your leg and deliver a counter.

    Some people encourage not checking the first few kicks, as checking kicks does hurt and does wear on you. Ideally you put yourself into a situation where you're the one doing the kicking, or at least not getting kicked.
     
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    I couldn't walk the day after my first MT class.
     
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    At the last K-1 event, I saw a dude named "Fire" get taken down pretty much entirely by leg kicks. His opponent (a korean guy IIRC, I forget the name) kept chopping down his leg with these brutal kicks. Before long the guy had trouble standing, let alone walking and fighting. And that's why you check a kick.
     
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    I've hurt people by checking their kick. It's feels great since it's guilt free, I was just defending!
     
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    It's like putting your hand in front of your face when someone tries to slash you. It's still going to hurt like shit but a lot less.
     
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