Basic Kickboxing Moves

Here are some basic kickboxing moves, separated into two categories: punches and kicks. Once you have mastered these basic kickboxing moves you'll be able to progress to more advanced kickboxing moves.

Punches

  • Jab - Punching is one of the first kickboxing moves that people think of. The jab is a basic kickboxing punch, which involves punching straight from the front hand. This is often used with another punch, such as the cross.
  • Cross - The cross is a punch which comes from one side of the body and finishes at the other.
  • Hook - The hook is a rounded punch which is thrown in an arch.
  • Uppercut - The uppercut is a punch which starts from the midline of the body and is directed upward toward the opponent's chin.

Kicks

  • Roundhouse - The roundhouse kick is a kick performed in a circle.
  • Forty-five degree roundhouse kick - This is a kick performed in a near circle.
  • Front Heel kick - This is a knee maneuver that is delivered from the back foot to an opponent's mid-body.
  • Hooking knee strike - Again, this can be delivered with the back foot although it can also come from the front foot. This is a half circle that is directed towards an opponent's side.
  • Front kick - The front kick is a kick delivered with the heel of the foot.
  • Side kick - The side kick, as the name implies, is a kick delivered with the side of the foot.
  • Rising Knee Strike - This is a kick that can come from either foot. It is a quick, deliberate movement aimed at an opponent's face or chest.
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