I've been working night shifts this weekend and it's been local payday. It's fair to say I've had some "interesting" shifts. A couple of small problems arose with intoxicated patients. In amongst it all I liaised with two groups of Police Officers and gained insight into some views on self protection and Martial Arts.
Raising the knee up high before executing a kick has obvious advantages in competition as if you throw the majority of your kicks from the same position your opponent will have no idea if it's going to be a high/mid/or low kick, decreasing the chances of them covering up, meaning increasing the chances of you landing the kick and scoring a point.
A little about my history and then to the subject.
I have been training karate for about 6 years. The club where I train focuses mainly on kihon and kata. That is why I only recently (about year ago) discovered that karate is much more than kicks and punches. Now I have been studying lot's of locks, takedowns and practical kata bunkais.
Don’t let strangers talk to you about martial arts! It looks to me as if the victim of this attack willingly turned around so the mugger could demonstrate a strangle … he then wakes up minus his £5000 Rolex watch! Another example of why awareness training is key.