While starting to read this detailed guide, you might get your adrenaline rushing. However, just hold back right here. For good reason, the kidney punch is illegal during a fight.
Why is that, you may ask!
Well, anything that is likely to make you part ways with a lot of blood can’t be good! In this guide, we are going to be talking about kidney punches and practically everything you ought to know about them.
What are kidney punches or shots?
When fighting within the ring, energy levels in players are bound to be high. It is not uncommon for either of them to end up striking an illegal shot! The only common thing to ask here is if a referee penalizes each such shot!
What is your kidney and where is it located?
As you may recall from your biology class, your kidneys are located on either side of the body near your torso. They are no bigger than the size of your fist. To be precise, they are located just below the ribcage. So if someone is looking to attack an opponent with a kidney punch, they should be aiming around about the area equaling the elbow. For protection, they have got only some soft tissues enveloping them.
So apparently now, you would know why their location makes them really vulnerable. Plus, it is not easy to block an attack coming from an opponent at that spot. If you have your back turned towards the opponent, it is really easy for him to attack your kidney, intentionally or not!
The kidneys perform the function of filtering waste and toxic material from your body on a daily basis. It cannot be denied that any shortfall in their function can result in a buildup of wastes within your body.
Let us understand this part in detail.
What does your kidney do for you?
If you are well versed with the way pollutants add toxins to our environment, you will have no problem understanding this.
If the kidneys were not to function normally, you would have a lot of unhealthy blood. The alarming part is that it will be flowing all around your body, reaching other vital organs. Gradually, it will reduce the efficacy of each of those organs. Ultimately, it might be difficult for you to survive.
If someone was to land a strong kidney punch on you during a fight, expect major damage. Your kidneys might stop filtering body waste and toxins from your body. The body might start swelling and become bloated.
Understanding a kidney punch
A kidney punch is most likely to come when a player has his back turned towards the opponent. If the blow is intentional, the opponent is most likely to make the jab a sharp one! He is most likely to distribute the effective impact area to maximize the impact of the strike.
With only the back muscles protecting the kidneys, major damage can be inflicted on a player and that is how the punch gets its name.
What does a player feel upon being hit by a kidney punch?
A lot of it depends on who is hitting you! From a normal attack on the muscle, it can feel anything like life itself ebbing away from your body.
So, how would you come to know that there is trouble if a punch is thrown at you?
Look out for these signs:
- For up to a week, you may feel soreness in the muscles around the region. Due to its central location, every movement you make is likely to make you feel the soreness.
- You may not feel like moving all day long. Your body would need time to recover from the damage.
- You may observe blood coming out during urination. It can be more or less, depending on the level of damage caused.
The extent of damage from a kidney punch can be so extreme that it can also result in the death of a player. Instances like kidney failure, rupture of the muscles around the kidney and trauma to the body system can result in this event.
Is a Kidney Shot Illegal?
If this remains to be answered, yes, kidney shots are completely illegal under all formal practice and competitions. In spite of its ban, the possibility of an unintentional hit cannot be ruled out.
It needs to be considered if every punch or strike at the rear is illegal! Well, clearly not!
Some may say that there is a thin line between performing an intentional hit at the kidney area and making a mistake, camouflaging it as another strike.
Formally speaking, a kidney punch becomes illegal when a player is found throwing it intentionally at the lower back area. A looping hook move from the player makes it quite evident.
Usually, at the first incident, a referee will ask the players to observe caution. If at all, the strike was unintentional, the player would take care not to let it happen again. Then again, at the second strike of similar nature might attract a deduction of scores. The referee may give possible warning calls to the player as well. If it continues, the striking player is likely to be disqualified.
Even so, not all kidney punches are strictly illegal!
For instance, if a strike lands on the side of the opponent, it will not be considered illegal. Also, the referee will interfere to check if the landing strike was indeed intentional. If he concludes that it was not an intentional hit, he might give the player a mere warning.
Similarly, if a player had originally aimed for the frontal section of the opponent but he turned around at the last moment, just before taking the hit, the striker cannot be held responsible for it.
If really done intentionally, the striker may earn a two point deduction for doing it. A referee has a tough job of deciding the real intentions of the player behind the hit.
After the conclusion of a fight, players are usually encouraged to undergo a basic medical examination. This helps in detecting any damage to the kidney, resulting from the fight.
Is there any way to avoid a kidney punch?
If hit at the kidney, A boxer stands will experience significant weakness. It is also the reason why some dirty players will try to take advantage of their opponent by hitting this area. The risk of earning a warning or being disqualified does not matter to them.
When you are inside the ring, there is only one golden rule that stands true at all times. A player must protect himself at all times.
In the event that a player recognizes a kidney punch being shot in his direction, he must sway along the direction of the punch. For this, the player must be well versed with his moves. He will need to coordinate his footwork and timing to achieve the right balance and avoid the lethal impact of the punch.
It is also possible for a player to completely overlook an oncoming punch. It may also so happen that he might be late to steer away from the punch. However, there is some resort to such situations as well. The player must try to tilt his body slightly when taking the impact of the punch. He can then use his arm or elbow to cover the punch and block the opponent if possible. This is the premise on which boxing players defend themselves. An adjustment of even an inch or two can be quite helpful when trying to avoid a lethal blow from an opponent.
Boxing players must avoid regular clinching. Standing too close to the opponent at all times makes the player susceptible to rear punches.
Knock outs are certainly quite attractive during a fight, especially during boxing. However, kidney punches can be quite painful, as we have already demonstrated above. An attack on the vital organs of the body can have suspicious outcomes. Sometimes, players do not even realize that they have sustained any serious damage to their body system. When the impact of such injuries manifests at a later stage, sometimes it is too late to control the damage. Potentially, such players can put their life at a huge risk because of this.
The excruciating pain that comes with a kidney punch does not come near being matched with a simple head injury. The resulting pain and damage can be intense and cause long term damage to the player.
With regard to ethics, most players who like to play by the rule book, avoid hitting their opponent in this manner. No matter what the sport may be, it is a good way to fall in this category. However, fighting is one sport where it is difficult to find people who are willing to play with ethics.
Essentially, what remains then is for the player to keep vigil over himself. Ultimately, it is his own awareness that can help him avoid a brutal knock on his kidneys.