TECHNIQUE: SIDE KICK
Target: The front of the throat. “There’s a pressure point called yum chun on top of the Adam’s apple,” Suh explained. “That is your goal with the kick.” Tool: The blade of the foot.
Tutorial: “When the attacker gets hit there, it feels like he’s being choked, and it becomes hard to swallow,” he said. “That’s why you always want to hit this point with control. If you hit it too hard, it can kill. You just want to give him a warning. That warning might make him feel like he just received a concussion even though he didn’t. He’ll probably fall, too. And he’ll stay down for a short time because it will be hard to breathe.”
Executing this technique can be challenging, he said. “It can be hard for some people to do a side kick high enough to hit the throat. In general, doing a high side kick is harder than other kicks like the roundhouse kick and hook kick because you have to get your foot up there and stop its motion. Other kicks are always moving, which is easier for most people to handle. If you have to struggle to get your side kick up to this height, you’re probably going to miss the target.”
The key to avoiding that fate entails stretching and �inetuning your body mechanics, Suh said. “Most people can learn how to do it. They have to pivot, bend the knee, chamber, bend the body [backward] and then [extend] the leg. It can take years of training before they’re capable of delivering a controlled side kick to the throat with con�idence, however. That’s why regular training is important.”
In this precision kick of kuk sool, Sung Jin Suh targets a point just above the man’s Adam’s apple using the blade of the foot driven by a side kick. Note how his hands are positioned for protection.