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Lesson 11: The Step Thai Kick

The Thai Kick has a few important details to observe:

  1. Step on a 45 degree angle to avoid any potential punches and to increase power
  2. Come up off of the heel of the non kicking, post leg and allow your foot to pivot.  Do not turn your foot.  The rotation of your hips should drive the pivot of the post foot.
  3. Keep the knee of the posted leg slightly bent
  4. Use your shin as the primary striking instrument
  5. Keep the knee of the kicking leg slightly bent to allow you to put your body weight into your opponent
  6. Hand on the side of the non kicking leg should be on your temple
  7. Hand on the side of the kicking leg should be in the face of your opponent with the same side shoulder covering your jaw
  8. Breathe and exhale while kicking

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Lesson 9: Shield vs Thai Kick

The Shield has a few key points to remember.

  1. Connect your elbow to the outside of your thigh
  2. Keep your hand away from your head, making it more difficult for your opponent’s foot from wrapping around your guard and kicking you in the brain stem
  3. Point your Shield at roughly a 45 degree angle to create a 90 degree angle between your femur and your opponent’s shin bone
  4. Keep the knee of your posted leg at a slight bend to absorb the shock of the incoming kick

Doing the 4 things above will allow you to remain in balance and viable for an immediate counter.  Remember if all you wanted to do was defend, it’s generally better to move your feet.  If you’re going to take a kick, even with a Shield, your opponent should be getting something back in return.

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Lesson 19: The 4 Basic Types of Thai Kick

Presented here are the 4 Basic types of Thai Kick. These will allow you to address most timing, distancing and balance situations that you will encounter while applying your countering skills to the Thai Kick

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Lesson 12: Phase 1 Evade and Defend

Now that you have the foundation of our striking techniques laid, it’s important to understand the big picture.  Not just how to do a technique but rather, when to do a particular technique.  Understanding our 4 phased approach is paramount to  accomplishing this.

In Phase 1 you will use your footwork, hand defenses and occasionally a fading elusive head to stay safe, avoid, evade and defend against your opponent.  You should be focused only on defense at this point.  Do not allow your opponent to hit you.  Stay far enough away that you cannot be touched the majority of the time.  When possible you will make enough space to set up in your Kick Stance and prepare to counter.

The 4 Phases go in the following order:

  1. Phase 1:  Evade and Defend.  Make enough space to set up in Kick Stance.  Opponent should have to take at least 1 step to reach you with any attack
  2. Phase 2: Counter.  Attack your opponent’s bridge step.  Or Cover and Counter, Parry and Counter, Move your Head and Counter, Scoop and Counter, Or Shield and Counter
  3. Phase 3: Deconstruct.  When your opponent ceases to advance for fear of being countered.  Begin your attack.  First with a probe then follow by Deconstructing their defense
  4. Phase 4: Re-counter.  If your opponent begins to back up (using Phase 1 to set you up for a Phase 2 Counter), you must stutter your way in and attempt to Counter his Counter

But in order to all the above, you must first master and be completely competent and confident in your ability to execute Phase 1 Evade and Defend.

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Lesson 2: Kick Stance

The Kick Stance is for use at slightly longer ranges.  Basically any time you cannot step and hit your opponent with your punching technique, you should be in Kick Stance.  The Kick Stance is more upright, keeping your head neck further away from potential knees and kicks and making it more difficult for your opponent to break your posture and own you in the Thai Clinch (Prumb), or set you up for neck cranks and chokes further down the line.  The upright posture also makes it easier to defend against leg kicks.

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Lesson 31: Deconstruction of the Footwork

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Footwork is the most effective method of defense. And therefore, it is by its very nature, the most difficult to deconstruct. It can be done, but realize going into it, that your success rates will not be as high as in the previous Deconstruction Series.

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Lesson 28: Deconstruction of the Cover

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After mastering the material in Phase 2 and applying it to your opponent, it is not uncommon for them to develop a level of timidity. When this occurs it is time to transition to Phase 3. Deconstructing their defense. This begins with Deconstructing the Cover.

Essentially, Deconstruction entails a light, fast, uncommitted probe to determine what your opponent’s initial, or preferred defense is. This is followed immediately with a Deconstruction of the given defense.

Phase 3 can also be used to defeat Phase 2 in most cases.

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Lesson 27: Phase 2 Review and Summary

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Here we discuss the application of all the tools you’ve amassed in the Phase 2 series of techniques. In this first video we go over the idea of spending time to invest in a counter. Which is not to say that you can’t immediately counter your opponent on the first beat, every time they attack. But if you do you will simply need to be prepared to employ a strong Phase 3 skill set which involves attacking as opposed to counter attacking.

The purpose of the video is to offer a subtler and crafty approach at countering your opponent. Think of it as playing possum on the grand scale.

Phase 2 Summary Part 2-HD 720p from Dr. Sick on Vimeo.

This second video is an addendum to the first. In it we talk about how to use your various defenses to draw in your opponent based on their unique chase instincts. Some will be drawn in by retreating footwork, others will ignore your footwork and be tempted by your parry defenses. Still others will be cautious and timid when shown footwork and parries, but commit when you employ a cover style defense. And some will be lured into your trap from the elusive head.

There will be times where you need to combine all the elements but most times you will find a opponent will favor attacking one particular form of defense over another. It is your job to stay safe, circle out and test your opponent until you find their particular poison. Then disguise when you are using it and make them pay!

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Lesson 20: The 4 Variations of the Thai 4 Count

Now that you have the 4 Basic Thai Kicks down, you should be able to make them flow within the context of a combination. Developing the 4 variations of the Thai 4 Count will help you to incorporate the different kinds of kick into the spontaneous ranges, angles and timings that arise as a result of these combinations.

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Lesson 18: Scoop and Counter

Here in Phase 2 you are introduced to a second defense against the Teep, the Shelf/Handshake. In addition you are drill countering based on the three variations of Teep Defense (Scoop, Shelf, and Handshake). Remember that creating a safe and friendly training environment and culture, ultimately rests on your shoulders.

We encourage you to weigh the benefits of training with full sweeps and dumps with the costs and develop a training methodology that best fits your situation.

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