Southpaw left kicks are absolutely lethal. Not only do the uncommon stance and angles serve to confuse, but a big kick to the dome will send anyone crashing to the canvas. Here’s how to defend against it. . .
DEFENDING THE SOUTHPAW’S DEADLIEST WEAPON
Everyone hates southpaws. Even southpaws hate southpaws.
One of the most hated aspects of those tricky southpaws is that darn left kick.
The southpaw left kick, like the southpaw’s left straight, is their bread-and-butter. Learning to defend against and counter it is absolutely crucial.
In the below Evolve MMA video, Muay Thai legend Nong-O will go over a specific combination you can use to defend and counter the southpaw left kick, then below I will elaborate on a principle that will help you defend against this dangerous threat:
AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION VS. SOUTHPAW LEFT KICKS
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
It is therefore preferable to eliminate the opportunity to throw the left high kick completely, than to defend against it at all. The first principle of dealing with any offensive technique is prevention.
Prevention begins with positioning. There are three sub-categories of positioning: (1) the position of your body (your stance, basically); (2) your position relative to your opponent; and (3) yours and your opponent’s position relative to your environment (cage, ring, mat, etc.). For now, what’s relevant are the first two sub-categories. If you can compromise those positions, you can prevent the kick.
For instance, if you break your opponent stance by messing with his balance using constant teeps or punches, the left high kick will be difficult to throw. You can also move yourself into a position relative to your opponent where it is difficult for them to kick you effectively. If you have the outside angle (i.e. your lead foot outside theirs), your opponent’s kick will have to travel a wider arc in order to land, thus reducing the power and increasing the amount of time you have to react.
If you can place yourself in a position where you’re very difficult to kick or place your opponent in a position where it’s very difficult for him to kick you, you will have successfully prevented that darn left kick.
- Evan is a gourmand of combat sports from Taiwan. He appreciates the beauty of Muay Thai movement and all other movements. He's got no rudder so if the winds blow northerly, he goes north. His goal is to achieve and appreciate.