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how to throw kicks (for kickboxing or MMA)

Updated on June 27, 2011

basic information for kickboxing or MMA

Whenever you are fighting, sparring, or even just shadow boxing or doing bag work, you always want to practice a proper stance. The stance used in kickboxing and MMA is the same stance used in almost all martial arts. Whether you are a lefty or a righty, you want to have both hands up, on your chin or on your temples. Keep your elbows tucked in to block your oponents strikes. Have your feet spaced shouldet width apart. If you are a righty, keep your left foot slightly in front of your right foot. If you are a lefty, keep your right foot slightly in front of your left foot. Also, in every kick I tell you about, remember to keep your hands up and your elbows in when throwing a kick to block your oponent's strikes.

roundhouse kick

The roundhouse kick is probably the most commonly used kick in kickboxing and MMA. It can be thrown from either leg and is effective no matter what part of the body it hits (except the shin. NEVER kick someone's shin. If their shin is stronger than yours you can break your leg). The roundhouse kick, like all kicks, can be thrown from both the front and back leg. You will also get a more powerful kick from the back leg but a faster kick from the front leg. To throw an effective roundhouse kick from the back leg you must start by pivoting your front foot. Bring your back leg up to your body while turning it sideways. After that, swing your leg out while turning your body with it. Remember to use your shin for the kick. Never kick with your foot in a roundhouse kick because you can break your foot if you're going fast enough. To kick with your front leg, do the same thing excep pivot with your back foot and kick with your front leg.

The front kick

The front kick (also known as the foot jab and the push kick) is probably the most basic kick in any type of martial arts. Like all kicks, it can be done with the front foot or the back foot. I would suggest using the front foot, though, because it gets thrown a lot faster and is harder to see whereas the back foot is a lot more visible and easily blocked and avoided (because it has a much further distance to travel). All that you need to do for the front kick is bring your knee up to at least waist height and extend your leg. Push the bottom of your foot out to hit the other person in the head or body.

spinning back kick

The spinning back kick is probably the most complicated kick I know. To do the spinning back kick, spin around until you are facing the exact opposite direction. Remember to spin on your toes and not try to change the position of your feet. When you turn all the way around, lift the leg that is now in the front and take careful aim. If you don't aim carefully you will badly mess up your kick. When you have taken aim, extend your leg backwards. Kick with the bottom of your foot on either the head or body. When you throw your kick, continue spinning in the same direction until you are back in your starting position. This kick is complicated because it requires careful aim yet it must be done extremely quickly.

kick check

A kick check is an extremely simple defence to a roundhouse kick. To to a kick check, just lift your knee up and turn your leg slightly to the side. Be sure his ancle comes in contact with your shin. Shin on shin is never good because it doesn't give either fighter an advantage. Both fighters could break their shins. However, the ancle is much weaker than the shin so if your shin comes in contact with their ancle, you will have a huge advantage.


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      6 years ago

      beautiful and useful article ,i hope you write more so i can learn more,but why i don't use the arced part of my foot(the stronger one) in roundhouse kick?

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      Micks Mides 

      6 years ago from Montevideo, Uruguay

      Kicks for MMA are more difficult to throw as in Taekwondo or Karate because you need to think more about take downs. Good to see videos explaining this fact.

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      7 years ago from Florida

      Great hub Useful and informative with great videos.

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      7 years ago

      i like it and the vids are nice. i took MMA for a year, and i think it's important to be able to deffend yourself. the problem with my instructor, though was that he didn't help us find ballance. there was no self control in the way he taught. it's much different than other traditional karate classes


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