TECH­NIQUE: SIDE KICK

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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.

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