Kickboxing is an excellent workout and a great addition to your boxing training. You get all the benefits of a full-body boxing workout – with some added kick.
It’s easy to get started with kickboxing training. The basic kick techniques form the foundation of all kickboxing moves. Here, we’ll take this a step further and look at the five (5) most effective kicks used in kickboxing.
How Many Kicks Are There In Kickboxing?
The number of kicks in kickboxing is debatable. Some say there are as many as 13, but the general consensus is that most of these are simply variations on the three (3) core types of kicks: roundhouse kicks, front kicks, and side kicks.
What Are The 3 Different Types Of Kicks Used In Kickboxing?
As listed above, the three (3) types of kicks in kickboxing are roundhouse kicks, front kicks, and side kicks. Here’s how to perform each:
Step across your target on a 45 degree angle
Chamber your kick through the center
Raise up on the ball of your base foot as you pivot and kick
Extend the kicking leg, landing with your shin and instep
Swing your arm to counterbalance
Front Kick (Turning Kick)
Chamber through the center
Snap the kick, landing with the ball or your foot
Lean back slightly and swing arm to counterbalance
Step into side stance
Chamber your knee to your chest on the kicking leg
Extend your kick and land with your heel and the blade of your foot
What Are The Best Kicks In Kickboxing?
The best kicks in kickboxing are also up to some debate. During training you might find you enjoy one kick more than another, or that you are able to generate more power with a specific kick. While it really comes down to skill level and personal preference, here FightCamp Trainer Aaron Swenson breaks down the five (5) deadliest kicks in kickboxing that are proven to be effective in a fight:
5 Most Deadly Kicks In Kickboxing
1. Question Mark Kick
The question mark kick is about strategy. Like in chess, you are trying to make the opponent let their guard down with one move in order to open them up to your knockout kick.
Fake them out with a front kick to get them to drop their hand
Quickly follow-up with a rear kick to the neck to take them down
2. Spinning Back Kick
The key to doing a spinning kick is to use your arms for momentum. As you spin, drop down slightly and keep your knees tight.
Cross your rear leg over your lead leg to turn
Look over your shoulder to aim
Hit your opponent in the neck with your heel
3. Low Kick
For a low kick, you are essentially trying to “chop down” your opponent. The goal is to land the kick with your tibia – the higher up on your shin, the more damaging the kick will be. Since this is a close range kick, keep your hands up higher to counter your opponent’s punches.
Flex your quad muscles and put all of the weight on your lead leg
Bring your rear leg forward
Land the kick right above your opponent’s knee
4. Spinning Hook Kick
The spinning hook kick is another spinning kick, so again you want to use your arms for momentum. Here you’ll be aiming to land the kick to your opponent’s head.
Step forward with your rear leg
Use your arms to spin, bringing your lead leg around
Lift your lead leg into a side kick with your knee slightly bent
Hook it to land a blow to your opponent’s head
5. Lead Body Kick
If your opponent is holding their arms high, they are open for a lead body kick. Try to catch them on an exhale for maximum efficiency. This kick is aimed at the liver.
Wait for your opponent to exhale
Aim your lead leg right below the ribcage
Make contact with the instep of your foot
Does Boxing Have Kicking?
No, boxing does not have kicking – that is why there is the separate sport of kickboxing. Boxing training focuses solely on punching, whereas kickboxing incorporates both punching and kicking. Some of the best kickboxing moves will feature a combination of punches and kicks in sequence.
Is Kicking Allowed In Boxing?
Kicking is NOT allowed in competitive boxing. If you are just enjoying boxing training and want to start adding some kicks to your drills, try a kickboxing workout.
Is Kicking Better Than Punching?
When it comes to kicking and punching, neither one is necessarily “better” than the other. They are very different moves. By learning both punching techniques and kickboxing techniques, you will have more tools in your arsenal. Combining punches and kicks can be very effective in taking down an opponent.
With the five (5) most deadly kicks in kickboxing, you can intensify your workout. It’s a good idea for beginners to get familiar with the three (3) basic kicks before attempting these more advanced moves. If you’re ready for more, try a full 7-day kickboxing technique workout to really kick it up!
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