Under: karate, martial arts, Self-defense
2 Nov 2014

4 Responses to “How to Teach New Students to Aim and Kick the Nuts?”

  1. Dr. J Says:

    Very good presentation of a subject that is often avoided.

    My original Korean styles did not consider groin a target so it wasn’t until Kenpo that I learned these techniques. Fortunately, I learned from one of the best in the Tracy system.

    And I’d thought America’s Funniest Home Videos had covered all the groin shots!

  2. B.warrior Says:

    It’s amazing how many schools are getting away from teaching groin shots and a lot of older martial arts practices. My first martial arts school made sure it was the first thing they taught us. however, former students of other schools came in mentioning honor and all that bull Like it would matter in a real self defense situation.

    Honor is great for sparring partners and competitions, but not a real fight. Sensi told them the only thing that should be honorable is the reason you got in the fight in the first place.

  3. Brendan Says:

    I don’t see why kids can’t have fun but learn valuable self defence at the same time. I think both is possible with the right instructor.

    I train Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Wrestling and Mauy Thai for self defence and have a lot of fun doing it :)

  4. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Dr. J!

    The interesting thing to me is in a self defense situation, the groin kick is a great equalizer allowing a smaller person to get out of an attack. So to not teach it probably means the fighting method being taught is a sport. Nothing wrong with sports but not why I wanted to learn karate as a kid.

    Master Ken is a funny guy. :)

    Hi B.warrior!

    When I was a kid kicking was for girls and boys boxed. If you knocked someone down – you were supposed to let him back up before resuming. Not that was real fighting but that was the mentality. It did not make sense but it took returning military to start teaching karate in strip malls before kicking got popular and accepted.

    So any Martial arts school that does not believe groin shots are honorable in this day and age is a school I would not want my kids attending. Thanks for your insight.

    Hi Brendan!

    I see your point that kids ought to enjoy what they are learning. The point I was trying to make is it should not be a game but just positive reinforcement as they are doing to moves correctly.

    When I had my school to be sure – kids were a big part of my students so I am not against kids but I like to keep it real. I would not want to be considered a babysitting service with some karate.

    Thanks for your comment!