i said kicks, Marc! those aren't kicks! those are freak of nature! damn birds!
of course i do know how to defend against those. first you get some oil in a squirt bottle. squirt the oil at various places on the floor. stand back and enjoy the show. don't forget to setup a camera for hours of entertainment later.
Funny but true story! Had a student who had done Take My Dough for quite some time. Wanted to see if Aikido would work against any attack. I told him to attack me any way he chose without telling me what he was going to do. He launched into one of those silly, flying side kicks. Waited until the last second and shifted to the side. Tapped him with an atemi on his side as he flew by me into a heap on the ground. Myself and the entire class (including the student) were doubled over on the floor laughing at what happened. Funny what you can learn if you pay enough money to those guys....