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Weird question

but say you're learning Muay Thai for self defense, the stance is very square, how do you protect from groin kicks?
 

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Weird question

but say you're learning Muay Thai for self defense, the stance is very square, how do you protect from groin kicks?
The same way you do in the ring...

But maybe we need to discuss what self defense is more than how to avoid getting kicked in the nuts....
 

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I've always found that groin kicks by most people are one of the most telegraphed kicks there are, unless delivered from behind the kicked person. Moving is a great answer, and it should be easy to do.
Agreed. Besides being telegraphed, they're also overrated as a fight stopper.
 

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groin kicks by most people are one of the most telegraphed kicks there are,
Just because the groin kick is telegraphed, it's easier to use it to set up your next move (groin kick, face punch).

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but say you're learning Muay Thai for self defense, the stance is very square, how do you protect from groin kicks?
The square stance is also a good bait to invite your opponent's kick. When your opponent groin kicks you, you use your leg to block his kicking leg, you then move in and punch him (leg check, face punch).

You

- drop your guard to invite a face punch.
- stand in square stance to invite a groin kick.
 
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Muay Thai should serve you very well. I think most basic questions like this will be answered as you start training.

The only thing I would caution is that you learn how to strike without gloves (and shin guards for that matter) if self defense is your primary concern. Most people who only train with gloves on, when they take them off for the first time, are likely to break their hands. That can be alleviated by learning some open hand strikes, and just being consciously aware of what happens when you smash your knuckles into a boney target.
 

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Muay Thai should serve you very well. I think most basic questions like this will be answered as you start training.

The only thing I would caution is that you learn how to strike without gloves (and shin guards for that matter) if self defense is your primary concern. Most people who only train with gloves on, when they take them off for the first time, are likely to break their hands. That can be alleviated by learning some open hand strikes, and just being consciously aware of what happens when you smash your knuckles into a boney target.
I recommend spending regular time training the various strikes on a heavy bag, without any wraps, gloves, or other protective equipment. Work gradually to make sure your technique and alignment is proper and avoid injuries. Develop power gradually as technique is solidified and the conditioning develops to be able to withstand the impact. It is not difficult, but it requires some ongoing and dedicated training. Dont rush it. Dont try to hit as hard as you can, right from the get-go. Work up to it carefully.
 
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Thank you all for your replies, I appreciate them and found them helpful
 

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Weird question

but say you're learning Muay Thai for self defense, the stance is very square, how do you protect from groin kicks?
In any kicking art that Ive watched and studied: turn to the side to do a hip block. Your upper leg of your hip is very strong and thick to take the hit. Sure, it counts as a point; but crotch kicks arent wise to use: excluding self defense outside the dojo or such. But, as a two different belts of martial art stylist; its considered very cowardly and disrespectful to do such a hit. Never do it on purpose or training, unless granted in your self defense classes by your Sensi or such. Thats my best advice to give you, though Im not a black belt in Judo or Tae Kwon Do. But, I practice all martial arts as a freestyle fighter; but my training is mostly in Judo and Tae Kwon Do.
 

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Weird question

but say you're learning Muay Thai for self defense, the stance is very square, how do you protect from groin kicks?
Standing at an angle to your opponent is much better self defense than standing square -- no matter the discipline. If Mauy teaches a square stance, it is really only of value if you are fighting others of the same discipline....that makes sense. But try that with an experienced boxer, or kickboxer, or worse, a very competent wrestler. Why would anyone present a full front to an opponent -- that's why you see boxers leading with one side -- they cut their target in more than half, and learn to defend one side very well.
 

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Not familiar with the stance you are referring to, but I have my students do drills squared on with their opponent because it's more difficult to do and they have more target area to cover. If they can block square on, it is easier to do it from a side stance.
 

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There is nothing wrong with a squared up stance. Especially for receiving leg kicks.

If we are talking self defence a squared stance allows you to run forwards and backwards which is helpful for maintaining distance.
 

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Weird question

but say you're learning Muay Thai for self defense, the stance is very square, how do you protect from groin kicks?

Nut strikes are not a big deal. Cross check, just like how MT blocks inside leg kicks or square out.
 

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Weird question

but say you're learning Muay Thai for self defense, the stance is very square, how do you protect from groin kicks?
Do you just raise your leg into a golden rooster stance?

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