I guess that. When we talking about low kicks (I'm talking about sparring) below the belt or above the belt?
I saw the kids doing sparring and they use mostly the side kick.
I like side kicks,roundhouse kicks,front kicks.
Any time you get into sparring, you're going to be using a limited set of techniques for safety reasons. Sparring is fun, but it can't use the actual techniques that you'll find in a fight or else you'd run out of sparring partners pretty quickly. That's why most sparring devolves into either kick-boxing, point-tag, or MMA-style stuff regardless of the martial art you practice.
All types of martial arts practice are "limited" compared to real fights. There is no type of practice where you are actually breaking each other's knees, gouging each other's eye's, crushing each other's tracheas, etc. This is a common misperception (sparring is limited and other training is not) about training and sparring. MMA style sparring typically has less rules than any other type of training, and much more realistic resistance.
In my experience sparring requires kicks above the belt (mostly.) Round kicks, side kicks...hook kicks...whatever.
In the techniques, geared toward self-defense, you'll notice most kicks are "below the belt" because that's where the majority of the better targets are; bladder, groin, knees, etc... that is in regards to quick and devastating methods of taking out an attacker.
...it's okay to call us "dirty"...we're used to it.
Got it!! Kenpo perse uses low kicks cause it's a street self defense oriented MA, in sparring one can use any kick above the belt cause it's a sport.
Are we talking self-defense? Nothing above the waist (harder to block, faster, better balance, etc.). Are we talking sparring? We teach side, round, hook, axe, crescents, front, turning, spinning, etc.
What kind kicks are more used in Kenpo?