Sorry if I sound stupid, but I've never understood this. Why does everyone who kicks in MMA use their shin as the point of contact? I was always taught and I thought it was common knowledge that the most damage comes from the ball of your foot or the heel of your foot. Are they not allowed to use either of these or something? I did kickboxing and TKD for 9 years and not once did they ever tell me to use your shin. In fact they made an effort to tell me not to use it and I was taught from the beginning the correct way to kick, so now every time I kick I naturally turn my foot at a 15-20 degree angle downwards, with my toes all the way back, and depending on what kind of kick it is, I hit with the ball or heel of my foot. So does anyone know why people use their shin? It also seems like it would hurt you as well using your shin and bruise it up or if you didn't drink your milk, you could break it. I've seen people's shins break just from stepping back onto the ground after a kick. Wanna see a video? I doubt it, it's pretty disgusting. So why the shin? Is it a rule or something? It also looks really sloppy (in comparison to TKD fighters).