I've been wondering of late - who uses kicks when they are holding a weapon? I ask because I have seen quite a few school logos for FMA now which a guy doing a kick. The recent photos posted on here (Dog brothers and the Kempo one) also show people doing kicks. Also, I saw a Sword documentary recently that had illustrations from a German Medevil sword manual and kicks were shown in that. Here's a similar image that I just dug up that I like: Source : http://www.thehaca.com/ That kind of kick I can understand. It looks very similar to a wing-chun kick. The kicker has controlled his attacker well and is well balanced himeself. (Why he wants to kick with the sword at his chest is another question perhaps). My thinking is that if someone is kicking it is possible to take their balance or strike their leg / torso or a combination of the two. A kick with a stick strike / defense executed at the same time seems an unlikely if not impossible move to pull of so throwing the kick leaves you open - even for a split second. So therefore is it rash to assume that a kick is unsuitable in open range when both proponents are holding weapons? Over to you! Simon.