THE LOW LINE - YOUR LAST LINE OR YOUR FIRST
In class I rarely see anyone utilise a low line entry, in kickboxing we use our lead leg as a low line jab to gain entry and open up with our punches or elbows so it makes sense to incorporate the same 'concept' to the reality side of our training. so here's the drill, we're in our neutral stance with our hands up, the attacker is trying to advance on you but your fence is keeping him at distance. Now you've got about a foot and a half of distance, without looking kick the attacker in the shin, you can use the toe of your shoe or the arch of your foot. Think about it, if he's up calling you all the names under the sun he's looking at your face, he's waiting for you to react facially, for you to look away or to drop your brow, he's not thinking about his low line and under the effects of adrenaline ,which the body naturally releases under stressful situations whether your on the giving or receiving end, you can get tunnel vision so his low line is almost completely off the radar. This little shin kick can cause a handful of reactions, he might back up, he might drop his hand down to grab the pain or he could just look down casually but any of these reactions breaks his OODA loop and allows you to gain entry. People from the gym know that contact to your shins HURTS, the average guy doesn't condition his shins for impact and even if he does we're not looking to knock him out or break his leg with one little kick, it simply creates a reactionary gap and that gap is all you need to gain entry and finish off with hand strikes or elbows. Obviously don't go smashing your partners shins every two seconds, use your partner for targeting. To gain power do short kicks on heavy bag or if stuck in the house use a trusty door frame, remember the trick is to stay relaxed and snap it in. Throw this into your training and see if it benefits you. It's better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.