Shin Kicking in Kickboxing?

Dear Expert:

My daughter is taking a kickboxing class in which classmates kick each other’s shins. She is badly bruised, but says that they do it in order to destroy the nerves there.


I would recommend taking your daughter out of the class immediately. I have never heard of any such practice in any kind of organized sport or activity. It does not make sense of any kind; in fact, it is dangerous and negligent.

There is absolutely no benefit to her bruising her shins for the purpose of kickboxing.

Kickboxing classes that I am familiar with all use proper protective gear in the areas of high contact. The purpose of the class is to enhance fitness, provide discipline, build self-esteem and teach self-defense. It is in no way intended to promote injuries.

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