Did my kicks this AM, I'm getting back into Martial Arts, finally!

@writersedge (22579)
United States
September 29, 2008 10:26am CST
Did my front kick, back kick, side kick, lotus kick (bring your foot up and go around in a circle)and side thrust kick. Does your style of Martial Arts have kicks? If so, what kind of kicks? Have you used kicks in competition, self-defense, practice, demonstations, etc.? If not, then what do you do to defend against kicks? If you do not do Martial Arts, then what kicks have you seen or what did they look like? Have you ever instinctively kicked someone to defend yourself?
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@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
29 Sep 08
I cannot think of a single time that I've ever kicked someone. I probably did so when I was a kid on the playground when kids were teasing me or whatever. That is very impressive that you are getting back to your Martial Arts. That keeps people in great physical condition, doesn't it? Good for you for getting back to it. You go!
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• United States
1 Oct 08
What a great experience it must have been to be in such great shape in your 20s. That must feel really wonderful--physically and emotionally. My husband and I tried T'ai Chi once at a Gold's Gym when we lived up north. That was about 8 or 9 years ago. We thought it would be relaxing and easy. Boy, were we ever wrong. Now that was an exercise in physical endurance and patience. We never went back again after the first class. But we talked about it and both said that, once a person put in all the work and practice up front, he/she would probably be in great shape. Sorry to hear about all the attacks you've suffered. That must have been terrifying. I've sure never heard of people who think it's appropriate to attack people because they have disabilities. How awful! It's fantastic that you are getting into Martial Arts again. Hope you keep it up.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Oct 08
It was so cool being in shape. Once a week I'd be able to do something I couldn't do the week before. I healed superfast, too. I'd get a scratch and in 10 days it was gone instead of 14. Other people had the flu for 10 days, I was over it in 5. Yes, T'ai chi is way more than people think. When I was doing it all the time, it was so cool. On hyper days, I would calm down by the end. On tired days, I would get energized by the end. It's whatever you need whenever you need it. Third year in, I fell down a flight of icy outdoor stairs and landed in a twisted heap. Thought surely I had broken the foot that my entire body landed on. I had a slight strain to my ankle and that was better in 72 hours. It's amazing! We have Nazi sympathizers up here and Darwinists. As well as Arian Nation and other idiots. Most people are just good neighbors, but the fractional idiots are something else. So being weak for very long is not in anybody's best interest up here. Besides despite living in the country, we are located between Montreal, Canada and Albany,NY and NYC. So we have some big city fringe groups that try to relocate here including gangs. So we have to be careful. My Mom was tough and buff. As the saying goes, you could bounce a quarter off her butt until she was 60! She could outwalk me at the Mall. I had to sit down and let her keep going. I was proud of her. She never lost her farmgirl strength and vitality until th 5th time or was it the 6th, last time she had cancer.
@scammerwear (1433)
• Singapore
29 Sep 08
I do competition style chinese martial arts (yes, the good to look at but not very useful in a fight type), and a little sparring training on the side. The best way to defend against a kick, seem to be intercepting it before the other guy has time to pick up speed. There is always a short pause of confusion when you jam your foot down on the other guy before he can extend his leg, plenty of time to throw one at his face...
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
29 Sep 08
Nice response, hope to see you over the next few days as I intend to start more martial arts discussions. I hope other people start more, too. Thanks and take care.
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• Singapore
29 Sep 08
That sounds great writersedge, I wanted to start some too, but talking to myself on mylot isn't all that fun...
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
29 Sep 08
It's hard to build up a base of friends for some topics. It's taken me over a year to get a base of friends for gathering wild plants. Martial Arts, I really don't have very many people in my friend base and I'm at over a year here. So stick with popular topics and throw in a less popular one. Also word it for people who do it and people who don't do it. Like any topic with Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee will get responses if you ask general as well as specific topics. See how I worded mine? Also if you word it for Martial Arts Movies with Jet Lee and the above 2, you can start to build a base. But lots of Martial Artists don't spend much time on Mylot. Work, family, Martial Arts, time demands make it rough. These are all the tips I can give you. So word it for us MA people and for MA observers or movie goers and try to be unique. Many people have asked the same movie questions. Hope this helps.
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@Foxfire1875 (2011)
30 Sep 08
It's good to hear you're getting back into martial arts. We do have kicks in Krav but are more focused on arms as there is more chance of becoming unbalancd when you kick an attacker. We do all the usual kicks and use either arms or legs to block depending on the type of kick and height of kick.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
30 Sep 08
True, but if an attacker bear hugs you or traps both your hands or arms, a good kick can be a good save. I had an attacker grab both my wrists when I was distracted and drag me so I should have kicked him before the drag. Good to hear that you have some kicks. I do mostly low kicks because high ones aren't that effective unless it's to the groin! Take care and thanks for responding.
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30 Sep 08
With bearhugs if your arms are pinned, then if it's from the front clasp hands together and smack the groin, that's quite effective in loosening or even getting out totally. If it's behind then throw your head back and or drag heels down the leg. There might be more to these moves, it's been a while since we practised them I can't remember what to do if it's two wrists but for one if it's right to left, then just use the elbow to lever the hand off. Right to right, use the left hand to scrape the other hand off. I'm not very good at describing these moves. I really like roundhouse kicks as I'm quite supple from doing yoga and can get a lot of power into them.
1 Oct 08
Wow that's amazing I'd love to do that with the roundhouse kick. I might practise that.
• Singapore
24 Oct 08
i normally like to do spinning kicks and leg sweeps, and i can do two quick kicks with one leg. sometimes i practise doing one leg sweep followed by a spinning kck, and sometimes its the other way round. i think this can be effective if my opponent is used to dodging just multiple spinning kicks or multiple leg sweeps, but not both at the same time. pardon me, but i like to come up with my own style(or maybe someone else thought of or used this type of move before).
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
24 Oct 08
I think coming up with your own style, as long as you have the basics down, is fine. No pardoning necessary. I think multiples would be interesting for me to practice. There was a famous Martial Artist who was terrific at multiple kicks, just can't think of his name right now. Thanks and take care.