TECHNIQUE: ROUNDHOUSE KICK
Execute a medium-power roundhouse to hohn soo, and the immediate effect will be disorientation, Suh noted. “The neck will immediately stiffen up. The attacker won’t be able to move his head well. He’ll also most likely fall down. If you use more power, momentary unconsciousness — or worse — can result.”
Any discussion of the roundhouse kick should include mention of two alternative targets that can be struck, Suh said. “The temple, which is also a pressure point, is a great place to land a roundhouse that uses the ball of the foot. Hitting it with the right amount of power will knock down the opponent. Using more than that risks death.
“The jaw is also good because it’s very weak. It can be severely damaged even by someone who doesn’t know martial arts, so you must exercise care. You don’t want to send the person to the hospital; you want to take him out of the �ight so you can escape.”
Using the ball of his foot instead of the arch, ninthdegree black-belt Sung Jin Suh takes advantage of the roundhouse kick’s improved penetration to strike a pressure point on the side of his opponent’s neck.