Left upkick from shell

Another attack at your disposal when balled up in the shell is the up-kick, and it can pay off to utilize it whenever the opportunity presents itself. It is the holy grail of kicks when you're on the bottom. If you get your heel involved and land flush, there is a good possibility that you'll get the knockout. At the very least, you will make your opponent think twice before coming in, which will usually give you the space needed to snap back up to your feet. The key to success with this technique is using your elbows to push your hips off the ground while thrusting your leg upward. For obvious reasons, timing is also of the essence.

Paco makes the mistake of leaving his head down while Posting on my elbows and pushing off, I elevate my hips and closing the distance. thrust my left foot into Paco's unprotected face.

Paco makes the mistake of leaving his head down while Posting on my elbows and pushing off, I elevate my hips and closing the distance. thrust my left foot into Paco's unprotected face.

With Paco hovering above me in striking range, I assume the shell position and plant my right foot on his left thigh.

Pushing my right foot off Paco's thigh, I raise my hips off the ground, roll back onto my shoulders, and bring my left leg straight up.

Generating downward momentum by dropping my hips to the mat, I snap my left heel down into Paco's thigh. Notice how I flex my foot back to make my heel as sharp as possible.

Heel Stomp from Shell__2

As you move your legs around to hinder your opponent from gaining control of them, this is a good technique to pull I

out of your bag of tricks. It certainly won't end the fight, but it can irritate your opponent and make him think twice -

about battling for leg control. ^

I'm on my back with Paco above Before Paco has a chance to throw my legs to the side, I move my Thrusting my hips out, I place my me. Having gained control of my right leg toward the opening of his hand to break his grip. I then right foot on his midsection and legs, he is preparing to attack. swing my right leg around his left arm in a counterclockwise direc- force him backwards with a push tion. kick.

With Paco hovering above me in striking range, I assume the shell position and plant my right foot on his left thigh.

Pushing my right foot off Paco's thigh, I raise my hips off the ground, roll back onto my shoulders, and bring my left leg straight up.

Generating downward momentum by dropping my hips to the mat, I snap my left heel down into Paco's thigh. Notice how I flex my foot back to make my heel as sharp as possible.

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