THIS IS SIMILAR TO A PREVIOUS VIDEO USING A HIGH FRONT KICK, SO THE DESCRIPTION IS ESSENTIALLY THE SAME: I used high kicks in many of my Dos Palos or Nunchaku videos for the reason that they are quite effective with the head or face as targets. Low kicks can equally be effective, but my rationale in using high kicks is they're good for flexibility exercise & when one can kick high easily, it's easier for him/her to kick low. Low kicks to the groin, legs, or knees can reduce the mobility of an attacker, but precise kicks to the head or face can disorient or even knock out an opponent. Head kicks can be fatal too.
I would never recommend kicking an armed opponent facing you with a tight guard, unless you can kick precisely & fast like Bruce Lee or Bill Wallace. In an armed encounter, a kick should better be used when there's great opportunity with lesser risk involved. My favorite application in an armed fight using sticks, blades, nunchakus, etc...is to use a high kick as follow-up to a stinging or disabling strike to the armed hand, legs, shoulders, or head of the opponent. It must follow immediately within a few milliseconds of the first strike. Anybody hit first by a powerful strike to any body part will not be able to make a good defense against the follow-up kick due to the stinging effect of that strike that lasts for a few milliseconds.
I made a set-up with two targets.... the one at the left is for the initial stinging or disabling strike representing a hand, shoulder, or knee. The one at the right is for the follow-up Crescent kick to the face or head. I'm using a 36-in./1 lb. Dos Palos as the striking weapon. If the video clip is watched in slow motion, the kicking leg is about to leave the floor when impact with the Dos Palos has been made. Then when the kick is halfway to its target, the first target is still airborne indicating the fast follow-up of the high Crescent Kick. The kick has been completed before the first target drops to the floor. You can see both targets in the air while the kick has been made completely. I have another similar video using a High Front Kick.
Because of my age (61) & some physical handicaps, I can't show much faster speed of execution, but younger ones should exceed my speed considerably for a more effective result. I suffer from painful osteoarthritis in major parts of my body, so I just use lighter plastic containers as targets instead of hard ones just to show the essential points of this video.
By: Rev. Gaudencio B. Lingamen, Jr. - GM/Founder of the DOS PALOS & of the GARROTE Y LANZA (Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy/Filipino Tang Soo Do Association), Negros Occidental, Philippines (April, 21, 2015)