How to do a Muay Thai Shin Block

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How to do a Muay Thai Shin Block

This page provides information regarding the martial arts shin or leg block. This blocking technique is most commonly known as a Muay Thai shin block. In this technique, a martial artist will use his/her shin to block an opponent's kick (i.e. roundhouse kick). The shin block is often combined with a head-level arm block (so the martial artist's head, body and legs are protected at the same time from an opponent's kick).

Many martial artists work on conditioning their shins because this blocking technique can be painful (especially for beginners). The shin bone (Tibia) can be more sensitive to kicks/strikes because there is not much muscle or fat covering this bone (thus there is less padding to absorb any blows). When practicing shin blocks and shin kicks, martial artists tend to wear padded shin guards. However, for some events such as Muay Thai sparring matches, fighters are not allowed to wear shin guards.

For other related techniques, please visit the Muay Thai Techniques or Martial Arts Blocks sections. Students should only practice these martial arts techniques under the supervision of a trained martial arts instructor.

Muay Thai Shin Block

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Instructional Video on Shin Blocks

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