Kicking The Rear Leg With Duane Ludwig
When it comes to leg kicks, most people tend to just attack the lead leg of their opponent. It’s easy to see why, as the lead leg of your opponent is literally right in front of you. This makes it a lot easier to kick, especially when your opponent steps into strike.
The problem is that when you’re fighting against someone who has a ton of experience in kickboxing or Muay Thai, the outside of their lead leg might as well be made out of leather. The skin and muscle will be tough and desensitized to the pain of getting hit. This means that your leg kicks to the lead leg will not be as damaging to your opponent.
This is why you might want to switch up your targets. One of the hardest targets to kick is your opponent’s rear leg. It’s farther away than the lead, obviously, and if you want to land on it you are going to need to get in the danger zone in front of your opponent. Landing a kick to the rear leg also puts you right in front of your opponent's rear hand.
That’s why if you want to land a kick to your opponent’s rear leg, you’re going to need to set it up first and trust us, it’s worth it. This is because your opponent’s rear leg is probably nowhere near as conditioned as the lead. This means that each kick you land to the rear leg will have a bigger effect on your opponent.
Damaging your opponent's rear leg is so worth the risk we got one of the best striking coaches active right now to show us how it’s done.
In this video, Duane “Bang” Ludwig goes over how to set up and throw a kick to your opponent’s rear leg.
Who Is Duane “Bang” Ludwig
Duane “Bang” Ludwig is a former UFC fighter, current MMA coach and the creator of the BANG Muay Thai system. Duane is known for his eccentric style both in and outside of the ring. He currently holds the record for the second fastest UFC knockout with a win in the first 6 seconds of the very first round. Duane Ludwig has worked with a ton of great fighters like former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw.
Attacking The Rear Leg
The video starts off with coach Duane saying that the jab is your ticket to landing this technique. First thing that you want to do is land your jab a few times to set up the technique. Then when you feel that you are ready you can throw another jab and as you do that you want to pendulum step. A pendulum step is when you bring your back leg up to your lead leg to strike with the lead.
Off of the pendulum step you can throw your lead leg low kick to your opponent's rear leg.
You want to push off that back leg to throw the jab then immediately go into that pendulum step. This way the jab and the kick land only a half beat off from each other. If you get this down then the kick should basically be unnoticeable
After landing the technique you are also going to want to either move out of the way or clinch because this technique gets you very close to your opponent. It also gets you right in front of your opponent’s rear hand, which is very dangerous.
Learn More From Duane “Bang” Ludwig And More!
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