Questions tagged [kicking]

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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Kick with front leg vs. back leg

Is it more beneficial to kick with the front leg or the back leg while on a normal fighting stance (e.g. boxing, taekwondo, etc.)? I have practiced tkd for some time and I decided to quit practicing ...
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Stretching advices for kicking

I'm rather flexible, but still cannot do the splits. I'm trying to do a static stretching about three times a week, and about 30-60 minutes every time. But I noticed, that when I'm trying to stretch ...
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Why numerous martial artists break their legs while throwing roundhouse kicks to opponent's legs?

I have seen many incidents in MMA and similar martial arts where a fighter who throws a roundhouse kick, usually towards the opponent's legs, breaks his leg. That makes me wonder if this kick directed ...
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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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How fast should you be able to kick?

I have practiced TKD for a while and I am wondering at what point are kicks too slow. Let me give an example below: My height is around 176 cm at the moment and I timed both my roundhouse kicks and ...
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Punching bag training kicks/punches [closed]

Since sport club are closed, I would like to get some suggestion for training on my punching bag. I would like something that trains the whole body since I was practicing Muay Thaï and Taekwondo, but ...
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Can flat feet hinder my performance in martial arts?

I have a mild case of flat feet (like, I reckon, 1 on the picture below). I'm also often kind of awkward in my movements when performing high kicks and occasionally have balance issues (I don't fall ...
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Better foot technique with daily stretching

How effective is it to do daily stretching for the legs in order to get a better foot technique for kicking, like in Karate or Taekwondo. Let's say, I am stretching my legs three times a day for about ...
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Identify Mystery WTF TKD Kick

A few years ago my kung fu school developed a relationship with a local and well-regarded WTF Olympic Style Tae Kwon Do school and we initiated a technique-exchange of sorts. A technique we learned ...
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Kicking the knees in karate

I'm interested in kicks to the knee joint in particular from a self-defense standpoint, with the goal of removing mobility and ending combat, and interested in the number of applications for this. ...
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Is there a specific name for a downward-smashing roundhouse kick in Capoeira or other arts?

I can provide a descriptive image if necessary, but it seems reasonably evident to me. Normally, roundhouse kicks deliver a more lateral blow, generally striking and then pulling the leg back whether ...
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Best way to kick an opponent on the ground?

People with extensive street fighting experience typically recommend putting an attacker on the ground, either with strikes or a throw, and then kicking them until they can't get up. I was advised ...
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Is the Push Side Kick a Taekwondo technique?

In Taekwondo the Front Kick, ap chagi, has a variant Push Front Kick, mireo ap chagi, to push opponent away, rather than hitting him. For the Side Kick, yeop chagi, I haven't seen any mention to ...
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Kicking while standing on the toes?

I've noticed in a lot of kick-boxing, competitors often make certain kicks, such as the roundhouse, while the ground foot is up on the toes. I ask b/c in the systems I trained, teachers always ...
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How to effectively defend against a boxer with kicks

This evening I was engaged in a street fight and I realized that he was a boxer because of his stance. His kicks were very weak, but he was pretty fast in punching and he was taller. I realized I ...
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How bad is kickboxing for your brain?

I'm not asking for medical advice, I'm just asking this out of sheer curiosity: To me it seems that kickboxing is the best kind of workout I could get, nothing else gets me in shape quite as quickly ...
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Step in direction of roundhouse kick to inner thigh?

From college kickboxing class, I'm trying to recall the details of the lead roundhouse kick to an opponent's inner thigh. Assuming orthodox stance for both people, it would be a lead round-house to ...
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Which of these 2 shuffle roundhouse kicks is preferrable?

My lifestyle these days don't allow me to train in a club, but I do try to recall drills from college kickboxing class. I recall 2 ways of doing the shuffle roundhouse. I'm trying to choose 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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Should you throw your crosses, jabs, uppercuts and hooks while tucking in your chin or cheek at the shoulder?

While I am shadow boxing, I always wonder if it's necessary to protect your chin while you throw your punch combinations, as in tucking in your chin behind your shoulders. Often times, this whole idea ...
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How likely is it to get killed by a hopping side kick?

Something like 12 years ago I participated in tournaments for fighting. After many years I learned that one can get killed by getting hit in the liver area and so on... I don't know if this depression ...
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Problem holding Taekwondo front kick

My problem is that: My thigh lifts up high when I am nearly executing the kick but as I execute my kick, my thigh stays about my waist. What was that cause from? Also I can do middle split and side ...
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Should I rotate the standing foot to throw a roundhouse kick?

I stand southpaw, with my less flexible right foot in front. To throw a roundhouse kick, my Kyokushin training makes it feel natural for me to plant my left foot solid on the ground to kick with the ...
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How can you safely practice strikes aimed towards the neck with a partner

For most strikes, it's easy to practice safely with a partner. Usually your training partner would just wear padding and a safety helmet. But with strikes to the neck, it's a little different. For ...
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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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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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When training spinning kicks, is it more important to prioritize control or height?

I am tremendously out of shape and out of practice, but I would like to get back to practicing Capoeira. Unfortunately, my schedule does not allow me to attend local classes, so I will have to train ...
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How can you keep "three feet on the ground" and still perform an effective kick?

During a brief interaction with a former Shoalin Kung Fu instructor, he told me some concepts about kicking in general that could help me improve them. He said that many Chinese martial arts teach you ...
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How do I set up a sliding/hopping power sidekick?

How do I set up a sliding/hopping power sidekick? In 2 and 1 videos, you can see Scott Adkins demonstrate the sliding/hopping power sidekick. I have been trying to do this, but every time I do it, my ...
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Is there any practical use for high kicks (e.g. Jodan Mawashi Geri)?

After a good warm-up, I can perform a high mawashi geri pretty easily. Without a warm-up, however, I can barely lift my leg higher than belt level. In a real-life situation, you won't have any time to ...
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Why do round kicks use the ball of the foot?

In traditional karate (not kumite competition) performing mawashi-geri (roundhouse kick) such that one strikes the target with the ball of the foot is preferred over striking with the top of the foot ...
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Do spinning kicks present a risk of getting your back taken?

Seeing that I am a newbie when it comes to kicks, and I have a BJJ mindset, this question should be relatively easy to answer. I see people doing these spinning roundhouse kicks, and me, thinking ...
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How to effectively throw sidekicks with my left (front) leg?

This is an extention of my other question: How to set up a sliding/hopping power sidekick? Why can't I throw sidekicks with my left leg? Is that normal for all orthodox fighters? How can I improve my ...
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How to improve my knee impact in clinching

In my first match I was doing pretty good in clinching but my knees were too frequent and not powerful. I've been working on a bag pretty much every chance i get and do about 50-100 knees after every ...
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Are broken toenails evidence of poor technique?

Occasionally, I'll break toenails on roundhouse kicks (generally, right in the middle of the nail of my big toe), even though I keep them short. This doesn't happen often, just occasionally. What ...
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What is the name of the postition with the leg retracted (in japanese)?

Recently my karate teacher told us to find out the name of the position (or it might have been the act of retracting your leg after a kick - I can't remember) when you retract your leg after a kick. ...
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Hip problems and roundhouse kick?

I am a brown belt in Higashi karate and I'm being put up for my black belt grading this year. However, one of the things my coach keeps mentioning to me is my poor roundhouse kick. I have always had ...
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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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Counter kick defence

As can be seen in the video, the girl used armbar for counter the kick defense. I would like to ask if there is a tutorial of how to do it? Are there any other ways to counter the leg catch defense?
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Any conditioning exercise that can prevent concussion caused by a punch or kick to the head or neck?

I have noticed that during kick boxing every time I receive a punch or kick on the head or even neck I tend to go into concussion. I initially suspected it to be vertigo but it seems more like ...
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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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Is there a mathematical model of how much force is applied to joints during various tae kwon do activities?

Related (on a different site): How does one typically determine the energy and force in a foot stomp? I recently got a knee injury and was trying to understand when it was safe to continue to ...
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Improving kick strength and precision

I'm a woman in its late 20s and I practice TKD WTF. However despite that I can kick to the head, my kicks do not have strength in them and I hit with my toes instead of my instep. How can I improve ...
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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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Simple workout for kicking/leg muscles

I figured a very effective workout for punching muscles is elevated pushups which strengthens chest and arms. Elevated pushups don't require any equipment. I'm looking for a similar workout ...
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Huge bruises on shin from heavy bag leg kicks?

So I've been trying to strengthen my tibia by round house kicking heavy bags really hard without shin guards, but I've always been getting huge bruises on both of my legs. I think something is wrong ...
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How to do a good yoko geri (side kick)

I'm really struggling to perform a yoko geri. My hips and flexibility simply don't allow my legs to kick sideways. Any tips to improve my position and flexibility ?
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Problem with kicks and legs

Hello martial artists from all around the world! I am training in Kickboxing. I have a problem with my front leg and my kicks, for which I would like to get your help. Two months ago or so, my coach ...
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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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How to correctly throw the leg kick so that it does not get jammed up after punches?

I am new here. When I am working on the heavy bag (hangs from the ceiling) I find it incredibly hard to throw my kicks after punches. My kicks get jammed up. Say, I throw a Jab, Cross, LHook and then ...