The heel kick makes contact with the backside of the heel. Since the heel is the largest and most massive bone in the foot, strikes using the heel may be devastating.
Spin Heel Kick
Spin heel kick requires a lot movement, so it is relatively slow when compared to other kicks. When used in combination with another hand or foot attack, the telegraphing motion of the spin may be hidden. In a self-defense situation, the kick is used as a finishing blow after the opponent has been set-up or stunned and unable to react to the telegraph. Like all kicks the spin heel kick has its good and bad points.
- If it makes contact to the head, it may cause devastating injury and even death.
- If performed properly, the telegraphing motion may be hidden.
- Since it is most often aimed for the head it is easily evaded by experienced fighters.
- It requires a lot of energy to execute.
- It is difficult to control, so it cannot be thrown at full speed while free-sparring.
- It requires turning your back to your opponent, which telegraphs your intent.
- It is a "flashy" kick and thus dismissed by some as ineffective.
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