Is it more beneficial to kick with the front leg or the back leg while on a normal fighting stance (e.g. boxing, taekwondo, etc.)?
I have practiced tkd for some time and I decided to quit practicing back leg kicks due to the time required for delivery. I feel that it is possible to deliver front leg kicks (to the waist/abdomen/ribs) that causes a meaningful impact while preserving the speed needed to cause impact before the opponent blocks it.
Is it cost effective to exchange speed for power by using back leg kicks (like some MMA matches)? Will that extra power be necessary?
Let's keep the discussion limited to real life combat senarios.