If I only had limited time to train, meaning only one day a week for only 15 to 20 minutes at a time because of a very busy lifestyle then which kick would I practice? The answer would be the knee kick. The knee kick is a low side kick that is thrown to a opponents knee with the intention to break the knee and destroy the opponents balance and footwork.
This kick is easy to learn, easy to maintain, and does not require tons of practice to develop. To learn it all you need is a solid surface to practice hitting. A tree is good, a brick or concrete wall is good, and even a freestanding heavybag would work. The knee kick can hit either the front or the side of the knee to break the leg. You can also kick the back of the knee to fold the leg down then follow up from behind with a chokehold. Besides breaking the knee, the low side kick can also be thrown at the shin as a pain shot and you can follow up by scraping the shin with your foot then stomping down onto the bad guys foot to break the small bones in his foot.
Come try to practice the knee kick a few times and see for yourself how really easy it is to learn!!
Until next time,
Ricky, NPTI-CPT, FSI Certified Self Defense Trainer