Getting Kicked in the Gut!

Green belt woes - sparring training is in session. There's an amount of hand holding that's going on. Meaning I get to attack my student and he doesn't get to retaliate! Of course I pick easily identifiable techniques, but I am aiming to apply a nominal amount of force. My green belt is doing fairly well so far - in the last couple of weeks his breathing has been getting more regular, he's moving much more fluidly, and he's starting to block and cover quite well. Yet he still gets suckered 'kicked' when I blitz him with upper body techniques and slip in the kick to the gut or solar plexus - turn your body to deflect, cover, move away, and breath out! Unfortunately, a couple of these solar plexus strikes later, he's then dropping both hands to cover his mid-section when I so much as lift my knee up. That's a psychological toll - keep aware you are not being setup by an opponent like that. So I aim a light 'sport' taekwondo kick into the gut and then swing it in the air to his head. Block with one hand mate! The other should cover your head, face, and neck! Oh, he missed that one, so my foot lightly connects with the side of his head. Ouch - poor guy. He starts figuring out the arms and subsequently does better. I'm thinking he's even ready to return fire in the next one or two weeks - lunge punch and reverse snap punch! Nothing to sneeze at, especially given how he can move me back about a foot when I'm holding a power bag up to his lunge punch! Colin

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My favourite sparring move - a double kick that feints low or mid section first then snaps back to deliver a high head strike. Always seems to catch out people at (or below) my grade. Doesn't fool my instructor though. It's certainly something I try to use in tournaments, although sparingly so as not to lose the element of surprise ;)
Colin Wee said…
Yeah, it's a good tactic for those who can pull it off. I've noticed that experienced fighters are mostly well covered ... and have their head/face nicely covered by their shoulder or back hand - instead of double roundhouse kicks I've had to 'go through' with the first as a front kick, make some impact, and then re-jig it into a roundhouse kick to the head. Unfortunately the power severely diminishes at this point, but it opens up the opportunity to follow up with a low section kick to the groin or knee.

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