Combating a Kick with a Stamp Kick

Neutralising kicks in CQC by the primary means of evasive counter engagement threat neutralisation is the primary method of such threat neutralisation and the safest option. In emergency or specific situations where evasion is not possible or practical, kicks are combated by attacking the attacker combating the enemy’s stationary or kicking leg, whichever is closest or most practical by means of a stamp kick.

In a neutral stance the kicking leg or stability leg can be stamp kicked with either boot, but always doing your upmost to pivot towards the kicking leg not turning your back on the kicking leg. Stationary combating of a kick targeting the kicking leg or the stability leg in a frontal CQC stance is usually but not always executed with the lead boot. The reasoning behind this is to remove the stationary lead boot from being a static target and use it as a weapon to combat a kick with a stamp kick especially against an enemy leg kick.

In some high kicks situations, in a ready frontal CQC stance, where the upper quadrants kick is identified in a fitting response time, it can be countered by means of a stationary evasion combined with a stamp kick directed at either the enemy kicking leg or their stability leg whichever is closest.

An effective stationary evasion can be employed simply by a crouch/squat combined with a pivot and sliding action clearing the confrontation line and setting up a stamp kick counter action.

The direction of the stationary evasive manoeuvre is a reverse diagonally forward line towards your kicking enemy moving your mass off the impact zone to alongside or behind your enemy to where you can target their stability leg or kicking leg.

If the need to execute a lead boot stationary combat a kick with a kick action, safety is increased by employing a crouch/squat combined with hardcover guarding pivoting bracing and stamp kicking either the enemy kicking leg or stability leg whichever is closest and most accessible.

Adjustments in range and position as well as setting a primary counter engagement ready status initiated at real time will increase objective achievement capabilities.

Article written by Tank Todd

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