[QUOTE]Originally posted by Colly:
Ok, but when should you ever use a high kick as an alternative to a body shot?[/QUOTE]
Colly, you would very rarely use a high kick instead of a body shot in a street altercation. If you miss a punch, you leave yourself open but you can still pull your guard up very quickly. If you miss a kick there is so much that can go wrong. You may be off balance, you could slip (depending on the surface), the opponenet could rush you and cause you to fall, the opponent could catch your leg (unlikely but a possibility), the list goes on.
More experienced fighters will go into more detail i am sure.Colly Before you think that i'm bashing kicking as an art, i must tell you that i study tae kwon do, but as Kempo_jujitsu pointed out, high kicking in the dojang helps develope your low kicks as well (but there isn't anything better than improving your low kicks than low kicking).