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In This Corner: Training Tips From An Expert Checking The Thai Kick

By Burton Richardson

The Thai roundhouse kick causes great damage because the sharp, hardened shinbone is slammed into the thigh with the power of a baseball bat swing. To defend, you need to check that kick if you can’t get out of the way! Many think you block shin to shin, but as a great Muay Thai champion once told me, “That hurts!” When you block, try not to go shin against shin. Instead, point your knee out toward the kick so the top of your shin, which is most dense, connects with the soft tissue near your opponent’s ankle. This saves your shin and may cause damage to the kicker. Perfect!