I was just wondering how useful kicks are in self denfense. Im torn between doing boxing or muay thai (im aware of the arguments of fighting vs self defence e.c.t. Im not expecting to get in any bar fights, im a very relaxed guy and I dont go out and get drunk, so if im attacked I think it will be by a gang / mugger (horay for inner city birmingham) so I dont think verbal de-escalation will work in a situation like that). I feel like boxing is probably slightly better for self defense but muay thai is less likely to leave me with brain damage. I was wondering how useful low kicks are in a self defense situation. I think a good hard roundhouse or an oblique kick if it got the leg properly could devastate an attacks leg leaving you free to escape. It also seems 'safer' than a punch for you because there is less damage they will be KO'ed and bash their head.
On the othe hand, you wont always get the room to use it. It seems like most of the violet videos people show are outside bars, and people get up in their faces so a kick is out of the question. In a mugging type scenario if you recognise the danger and dont let them get too close you could conceivably keep distance for a leg kick. Even so,I would likely only have one shot at destroying the leg to facilitate an escape, so maybe just learning how to punch like freight train would be a better use of my time?