Twenty-Four Leg Techniques Part 28
Of the four directions for kicking, Dāng Geuk 蹬脚 and Jāk Geuk 側脚, front kick and sidekick, are the most obvious and so the most common. We can use these kicks quite easily, especially when we use Laap Sáu 擸手 and Páak Sáu 拍手 to defend and control our opponent. Whether we use Dāng Geuk or Jāk Geuk depends on the situation but using Páak Geuk 拍脚 and Hauh Dāng Geuk 後蹬脚 is unusual and will surprise the opponent. We use Páak Geuk 拍脚 at close range when the opponent is not expecting us to kick them with our back leg. Most of the time they will expect the kick to come from the other leg, as a Jāk Geuk sidekick when we are standing to the side of them. This makes the technique work very well when the right situation occurs. It is the same with Hauh Dāng Geuk, it is unusual and surprising, It will surprise the opponent when they move behind us, as they may not expect that we know that they are behind us, and we do not need to turn around to defend and attack them (turning around may too slow). When they are in the right position, we suddenly use Hauh Dāng Geuk to kick them from behind us. The best area kick is their stomach because it is their centre and will make them lose their balance easily.
Dāng Geuk and Jāk Geuk are usual kicks, Páak Geuk and Hauh Dāng Geuk are unusual, surprising kicks and all of them can be very powerful. However, we must have good footwork because without it we cannot use any of them very well.