I was hip deep in a post on creating combos when I realized
that I have never done a post on kicking. That won’t do. Kicks are wonderful tools that can deliver devastating damage. However, delivered incorrectly, that damage will be to the giver rather than receiver. See my post on Stupid Kicks to see what can go wrong. The video is pretty gnarly. You have been warned.
There are tons of kicks and variations of the same kicks between martial arts. I’m going with Muay Thai style because I have found them to be the most devastating which is the best thing about a kick. It can really maim an opponent in a way a punch just can’t. Unfortunately, to deliver it, you have to go onto one foot which makes you incredibly vulnerable. LIFE LESSON ALERT: You cannot deliver damage without leaving yourself open to the same.
I’m only going to cover three basic kicks because one, they are the most useful and versatile. Two, the more complicated the kick, the harder they are to describe. If you get too in depth on the specifics of a kick, you will lose the most important person in the fight: your reader. Also, I’m going to show the kick everyone should know.
If you go back to my post on Types of Punches, you will learn about proper fight stance which is important with punches and imperative with kicks. Muay Thai Guy is right handed so all of these kicks will begin from a right handed stance meaning the right foot will be back.
Kicks, like punches, start at the ground and gain power in the hips. Think of the legs as bats. Yes, the bat delivers the blow but without that turn in the hips it doesn’t have power.
First off, special thanks to Muay Thai Guy, Sean Fagan, and fighter, Shawn Fazen, for the excellent how-to videos. You guys always deliver