Oct 24, 2007

The Sciatic Nerve - All The Crippling Power, None of the Broken Bones

Wikipedia Says:
The sciatic nerve (also known as the ischiatic nerve) is a large nerve that starts in the lower back and runs through the buttock and down the lower limb. It is the longest single nerve in the body.
The sciatic supplies nearly the whole of the skin of the leg, the muscles of the back of the thigh, and those of the leg and foot.

All the Muay Thai people can stop reading at this point- you should know this already.

Now I keep saying that you knock out a guy's legs, you have control in the stand-up movement, take away from his ability to shoot in on you, kick, and punch. Now, this could mean anything from kicking his knees out (actually more difficult than RBSDers say, surprise surprise), to pulling a kneebar on the guy (but if you pull a kneebar, why the hell bother with the stand up aspect of this, not to mention the fact that you might be in some serious legal trouble if you break it).
So the best option? Take your shin and whip it into... guess what? His sciatic nerve. Best part? Even if you miss, if you make contact, it'll still hurt like hell, and might be just as effective.
So, go out and practice your thai kicks, folks (or at the very least, remember that there are plenty of good targets on the legs outside of the knee).
And remember, your sparring should always look something like this:

...kidding. Kind of.


nathan said...

It's true, I practice Thai Boxing and those cut kicks to the Sciatic Nerve have me limping for days!

Kung Fu Kentucky said...

Is this why muay thai people end up young and crippled?

ysc87 said...

...yeah, basically. :)