Learning the nuances of a sport will not only make you a better athlete but a better practitioner in any discipline. One of the first steps of learning a new combat sport is figuring out the proper stance. A proper fighting stance will be slightly different depending upon the sport, and knowing those differences is what separates the good fighters from the great ones. Here, FightCamp Trainer Aaron Swenson breaks down the basics of the perfect kickboxing stance, as well as how to throw a low kick from your stance.
Finding The Perfect Kickboxing Stance
Key Tip: Put a foot-long piece of tape on the ground as a guide–your right foot should be on one side and your left foot on the other. This will help you form check while learning the stance basics.
Start off in a neutral stance
If you are right handed, put your left foot forward (orthodox stance)
If you are left handed, put your right foot forward (southpaw stance)
Note: All of these steps work just the opposite in a southpaw stance
Feet should be shoulder-width apart and staggered
Staggered: left heel is inline with your right toe
Check to make sure feet are on both sides of the tape
Front foot faces straight ahead
Rear foot is pigeon-toed inwards
Keep your weight on the ball of your foot
Arms are up in guard with your elbows tucked in
Arms should be perpendicular to the floor
Rear hand is right in front of you face
Lead hand is up slightly further out in front of face
Chin should be tucked slightly downward with eyes on target
Key Tip: Your hands are your first line of defense–you should be looking through your hands in the guard
When Facing a Target: Heavy Bag or Opponent
Stand about arms-length away
Target should be centered with the midline of your body
Rear Leg Low Kick
Using the steps above, assume the proper stance and distance.
Start by shifting your weight from your rear leg to your lead leg by taking a small 1-inch step with your lead leg at a 45-degree angle across your opponent
This will maximize your power and open up your hips
Perform a rear leg kick by raising your rear knee towards you opponent, through the center (chambering leg)
As you complete the motion upwards, extend your rear leg fully, making low contact with your shin and in-step
It is important to point your toe (plantar flexion) making contact with the top of the foot/shin
While kicking, swing your right arm backwards towards your bottom side to act as a counter balance, and bring your lead arm up to protect your face
Once you land the kick, return to your proper stance
Lead Leg Low Kick
Start by performing a larger 6-inch step across your target at a 45-degree angle towards your rear side to maximize power
This will open up your hips
Your weight will now be on your rear foot (think of “falling” off the center line towards your lead leg)
As you transfer your weight, chamber your knee towards your target while finishing off the kick in full extension, making contact with the bag with your shin or in-step
Your lead hand acts as counterbalance and swings backwards towards your back side
Your rear hand remains up in guard to protect your face
Once you land the kick, return immediately back to your proper stance
Practice 25 x’s
Now that you have mastered the proper kickboxing stance and low kick technique, begin by performing 25 kicks on each side.
Stepping and opening your hips
It should feel as if you are “falling” out of the center line while taking each step
Weight transfer should land on each foot that takes the step
Make sure you kick with your shin and in-step
Do not kick with your toe as this will break bones!
A Kicking Good Time
Lead kicks and rear kicks are two of the main strikes in kickboxing. It takes time to master the proper technique and rhythm so you can execute each kick safely. Using Aaron’s tips will help you learn the kickboxing basics and maximize your kicking power.
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