Striking with the leg, including the knee or shin, or the foot, including the instep, toes, heel, ball, outside edge or "blade", inside edge, or any other part of the lower extremities. Arts that are renowned for kicking include Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do and its relatives, Savate and others.

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How do I increase hip flexibility for round kicks?

In the process of doing a round kick, or roundhouse kick, you need to turn your kicking leg over, to be perpendicular with your body. When I do this I loose significant height on my kick and can ...
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Good exercises for higher side kicks?

I've been training martial arts for several years but still aren't impressed by the height of my side kicks. I think its a combination of strength and stretching since I can use my hands to lift my ...
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Exercises to improve balance when kicking

When performing kicks, I quite often lose my balance, which results in me being positioned in a stance where I'm more exposed to attacks. This is normally due to me trying to raise my leg for the ...
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Why doesn't aikido have kicking techniques?

Aikido training does not have kicks. They have of course one-two techniques to avoid and lock kicks, but do not have any. They have strike techniques called "atemi", but did not use kicks in general, ...
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Going up on the ball of the foot for a front snap kick

This may be getting into technical minutia, but it's something that's been bugging me since I first came across it. I've seen multiple different views (as one might expect) for the position of the ...
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How can I speed up the recovery of a bruised leg?

There are those who say you have to cool and those who say you have to warm your leg, there are those who say you should rest and those who say you should keep using it as you would normally. It makes ...
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What are ways to increase flexibility for karate kicks?

What are the most effective ways to increase flexibility for karate kicks?
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Some crazy kick identification

So, I stumbled on this gif and I have a few questions... What martial art is this? Is this allowed in competitions? What is this kick called? What is this sorcery? ^_~
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Low kicks vs high kicks in street fight

Many martial arts spend time in practicing high kicks, for instance to the face. Is there a situation in a street fight where high kicks would be the best choice? Why not prefer low kicks? With low ...
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Effectiveness of low kick to inner thigh of opponent's leading leg in mauy thai boxing?

In muay thai boxing there is the low kick to the inner thigh of the opponent's leading leg as shown in : link to video I have practised this in training and seen people with bruises from those kicks. ...
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Pivoting for a kick

While in training, it is advised to pivot on your foot when going in for a kick (such as a side or round-house kick), so that your foot is facing as much in the opposite direction as possible. The ...
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How do I increase shin strength?

I just recently started kickboxing/Muay Thai and my round to the bag causes a great deal of pain after a while. (20-30 kicks) I know you build up strength in your shins overtime, and most people ...
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What's the physics behind checking kicks?

What's the reasoning behind checking kicks? Is it true that it's supposed to hurt the kicker when his kicks are checked? The third law of motion dictates that both the kicker and the checker should ...
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Are roundhouse kicks prevalent in traditional kung fu systems?

While I was practicing drills tonight, it occurred to me that I have not seen roundhouse kicks in any form we do. All the forms I have seen in our system thus far, whether beginner forms or the more ...
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Do shin guards defeat the purpose of training?

I'm into Ninjutsu. We have just started some boxing + kicking: Gloves, mouth guards. I'm speaking "friendly" here - this is in-house sparring, not MMA competition. So, the instructor has recommended ...
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Mawashi Gheri Vs Dollyo Chagi

Over the last 20 years or so I have been trying to incorporate several styles into one that is suited for my needs. My stance is now pretty much a Karate’s one, but my kicks have elements of Karate, ...
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How do I increase endurance levels to cope with Muay Thai demands?

To provide some background: I have been attending training sessions for Muay Thai Fundamentals (Beginners) sporadically for the past 5-10 weeks now. Whilst there has been some observable improvements ...
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Proper Foot Orientation on Spinning Back Kick

We've been working on spinning back kicks quite a bit lately and noticed some discrepancy in how these are executed. Some are spinning to face backwards and kicking with toes pointed down, hips ...
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What kind of punching bag should I get?

So I work ridiculous hours that prevent me from going regularly to take martial arts lessons. That said, I've always been very interested in them, and when I was younger I did take some Judo lessons. ...
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How to train for improved balance?

My senseis have told me that I lack balance while demonstrating kicking techniques and Katas. I'm looking for advice on how to train to improve my balance, for example are there any good drills I can ...
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Taekwondo training to help Karate-do kicks

I have been training Karate-do for few years and I have realized that my kicks are not as good as they should be, even more, I can't give a proper high kick. I was thinking about training some ...
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Backspinning Heel Kick, Hapkido Origins

A lot of techniques in Hapkido have clear derivations from other arts. A lot of our kicks come from either TKD or from a parent art of TKD, while a lot of the hand-techniques seem to be derived from ...
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Is it advisable to try to catch a low kick to the thigh in Muay Thai?

I saw a picture of a fighter in the UK in a Muay Thai match reach down to catch the leg of the opponent throwing a kick to his thigh. I was once told that this is not advisable. In the move as he ...
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Why are ankles wrapped in Muay Thai?

I have seen a large portion (but not all) of Muay Thai athletes wrapping their ankles. What are the benefits of doing so? Is it for reducing damage incurred from kicking the opponent or preventing ...
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Exercises to prepare for “long airtime” kicks

I'm trying to figure the 540 round kick as a personal challenge approaching my taekwondo black stripe exam. I've been practicing for a while so I got a good grip over standard kicks, my flexibility ...
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Stretches for kicking?

I started Muay Thai today, and when doing a basic kick (a straight teep) above my waist level, I felt strong resistance/mild pain where my leg connects to my hip, right at the top of the leg, by the ...
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The 180 degree leg split

I started taking kung fu lessons from my shifu around 2 months back. However, I have yet to achieve a full 180 degree leg split. When I attempt this, my inner thighs and outer hips hurt a lot. I am ...
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To what extent does height give an advantage in any type of fight?

Last month Sylvester Stallone posted this picture in Twitter with the caption: Just in case you forgot how tall Ivan Drago is. The man was a walking eclipse. So I was thinking to what extent does ...
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I have very little toe flexibility - are there other front kicks I can use?

I have very limited mobility in my toe joints, to the extent that I can't pull my toes back the way you need to to perform a front kick, so currently the only forward kicks I know I can manage are axe ...
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Is Kicking with Shin is a weakness / advantage in Muay Thai?

Recently I joined to a Muay Thai Gym, and it is very good. Previously, I did Tae Kwan Do for 2 years. In my Muay Thai Gym, the master is teaching me to kick using the shin. I feel really afraid to ...
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Value in Practicing Spinning Kicks

In hapkido we have a large number of kicking techniques, ranging from sweeps and kicks from the ground up to and including spinning kicks, skip kicks, jump techniques, etc. My question here is in ...
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What does it mean to “chamber a kick”?

I've read that tons of time on forums and heard it in many videos. The explanations always seem kind of vague and to this day I can't explain what it is to "chamber a kick". I know it's very ...
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How to deliver more power to my turning kick?

I find that I am able to cause a punching bag to swing much higher with my front kick than my turning kick. This could be due to me being able to transfer more of my body weight to a front kick. ...
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Proper Toe Position for Boots with a Front Kick

In Hapkido we have a variety of striking positions for the foot using a front-kick-like motion. What we use for a front kick is to point the ball of the foot, curling back the toes, and using the ...
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What exercises help with explosive hip rotation

For a lot of techniques, such as punches, kicks or even blocks in Karate or other arts you need to use your hip to generate force. I have come to realise, that I cannot generate enough power with my ...
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How do I improve landing on my center line after a back kick?

Yes, I have read the other kick balance thread but I've tried the wall side kick, repeating slowly many many times, and the other drills but my balance issues don't arrive until I'm recovering from a ...
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How to avoid calf pain with heel stomp

This is actually relating to stage combat, but I suspect that traditional martial arts hold an answer to the problem. During a production of To Kill a Mockingbird, I need to fake stomping someone's ...
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In terms of MMA, what is a back kick?

In orthodox stance, I pivot my rear foot and hips to my right, so my back is (almost) facing the target, then fire my front leg with the heel side (mostly) up. Another variation is stepping your lead ...
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Training front kick

What is the best way to train my front kick. By this i mean raising the leg and thrusting forward. I have problems getting the right height and also i'm not stretching my leg fully. There is always a ...
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Impact of arching the back when kicking

When chambering and releasing kicking, I have the habit of arching my back. I feel like this is a bad habit, but I don't have much information to back it up. I was wondering what were the impacts ...
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How can I improve my precision when performing a split kick?

For my next grading, I'm planning to demonstrate a split-kick break, similar to the kick shown here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox46E-GNVQ8&feature=related (In case the video becomes ...
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Should I arch my back in a butterfly kick?

I don't have a problem with the takeoff and landing of my butterfly kick, but various people have suggested different way to perform the kick. Usually when I do the kick, I launch my lower body ...
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Taekwondo tornado kick defense

Is there a way to escape or defend yourself from a tornado kick? I've heard there are some very fast kicks that you can hardly defend against. What should someone would do if the rival has already ...
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Why can't I bring my knees up fast enough to block low kicks in Muay Thai?

When I spar, I see/notice/become aware of the kick slightly after the foot has left the floor on a path towards my shin or my thigh. According to what I know (which is may be limited, so please ...
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What are the advantages to adding a jump to a kick?

...even theoretically? I've taken ITF TKD for years, and we do a few, but the only situation I can think of where it might be of some use is a jump spin side kick, which will let you do that kick at ...
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Is Spin Hook Kick A Defensive or Offensive Kick?

I am trying to implement spin hook kick in my sparring to improve my kicking variety and the chance of kicking my opponent's head. But I don't quite know when to use it. Sometimes I use it to kick ...
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Low kick and block with shank-bone

I can't find relevant info about this matter. The thing is, I found this picture to get more detailed info about anatomy of the bone it self at the shank part of the lag and found this: I) Is this ...
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Which techniques are available in Muay Thai for blocking/avoiding a high roundhouse kick to the head?

In Muay Thai, when an opponent delivers a roundhouse kick to your head, what options are available as a defense or counter measure? I have seen blocking it with the arm on the side of the head in the ...
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Tips to kick in the thigh without being blocked by the knee

We see it a lot in MMA, and probably in Muay Thai too (never trained in that). Fighters kick the inner or outer thigh; from what I've seen, they usually kick quite low on the thigh, just a little ...
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Are women not suitable for tricking?

I practise Taekwondo and am amazed by all those flying kicks and flips and everything. But when I was on YouTube watching tricking videos, I saw only a small proportion of women. Is it because less ...