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Tar­get: The mid­dle of the shin. “Al­though in this case you’re not aim­ing for a spe­cific pres­sure point, the bone here is vul­ner­a­ble,” Suh said. “Close to the knee and close to the an­kle, the bone is stronger, so go for the mid­dle of the shin.”

Tool: The in­step of the foot. The ef­fec­tive­ness of this tech­nique is, of course, greatly en­hanced if you’re wear­ing shoes.

Tu­to­rial: “This kick is par­tic­u­larly good be­cause it’s un­ex­pected,” the kuk sool mas­ter ex­plained. “You can use it when the other per­son is at­tack­ing, and he won’t ex­pect it at all. Give his shin a quick kick; there’s no need to scrape down it with your foot. The loss of bal­ance and the pain he ex­pe­ri­ences will give you an open­ing to es­cape or counter. It’s easy to con­nect with a fol­low-up.”

Again, re­mem­ber to use con­trol, he said. “In Korea, I saw some­one break an­other per­son’s shin with this tech­nique dur­ing a spar­ring match. It does take a cer­tain amount of power and just the right an­gle, but it is pos­si­ble. You don’t need to use that much force for self-de­fense.”

Kuk sool’s in­side kick en­tails driv­ing the in­step of the foot into the mid­dle of the op­po­nent’s shin­bone. Here, Sung Jin Suh uses the tech­nique to in­ter­cept a front kick and cause enough pain to per­haps end the at­tack.

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