Kicking Techniques (Kickboxing)

If you are trying to learn basic kicking techniques for exercise or other use, it is key to understand and utilize proper form.  You may incur injury if you do not know how to execute these kicks properly. Along with video or help from a professional it is important to learn how to use these kicks; follow these guidelines for performing kicks.

  • Straight Kick - The straight kick is performed by rotating your non-kicking foot to approximately twenty degrees to the side (left foot to the left for a right kick, and vice-versa) and lifting the knee of your kicking foot to your chest. Extend your leg straight and make contact to the bag (or imagine if shadow boxing) with the heel of the foot. 
  • Side Kick - The side kick begins by moving the striking foot up to one's chest and then outward to the side, striking the target at a ninety degree angle and using the outer edge of the foot. Keep your rear hand in front of your face for protection and your lead hand forward for balance. 
  • Roundhouse - The roundhouse is performed by raising the kicking foot (rotate the non-kicking foot similarly to the straight kick) upwards and to the side twenty degrees (away from the target), so that your knee comes up towards your chest. Then extend your foot towards the target, making contact with the shin. Always keep your rear hand by your face for protection.
  • Back Kick - The back kick begins with a basic fighting stance. With a right-handed fighting stance (left hand and foot forward) you rotate your body to the right. When you have reached 180 degrees, bend both of your knees. Your left hand will then cover your face for protection and your right hand may swing around fully (in theory, to hit your opponent if he or she moves closer). Then raise your right foot from this position, lean in, and extend your foot behind you (360 degrees from the start). You should strike your target with your heel.

Make sure to practice these kicking techniques carefully before using them in training or in your exercises. Injury may result from improper technique.

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