The Kick, a long-range precision weapon that requires an extreme amount of precision and impeccable timing but causes tremendous damage when properly executed. If you watch an MMA fight, you’ll often see a variety of roundhouse kicks and teeps. Sometimes we’ll get lucky and see a karate black belt fight and throw some awesome kicks but we often just see linear defensive kicks with heavy offensive round kicks.
In this article, we will discuss five kicks that require a good amount of practice, but when proficient, you will have weapons that can break almost anyone’s defense.
- Side Kick (Sambo)
Although many martial arts have a variant of a sidekick, Sambo’s variant offers an option to counter unlike any other. The fighter shifts their weight on to their back leg, utilizing the full potential of the hips, heel, torso and the thighs. The striker grabs the opponents lead arm and kicks the enemy in the ribs, creating openings for throws and sweeps.
This is a penetrating blow that can cause significant damage to the opponents body by striking with the heel.
- Fouetté Kick (Savate)
The Fouetté kick is a Savate technique which is French kickboxing. You could say the techniques are elegant and graceful but brutally efficient to the trained fighter. The fouetté kick is designed to for maximum impact, think of your hips as a handle and your lead foot is the whip. To execute the kick, pivot your weight on the rear leg and raise your lead leg directly up your opponent’s centerline. At the last second, snap your lead foot over your leading knee and whip your foot straight into the target. Staying loose and dynamic and treating your striking foot like a ball at the end of chain is precisely how this kick feels.
- Rear Front Kick (Kung Fu)
The rear leg front kick is one of the quickest, most devastating kicks on our list if appropriately applied. This kick is based on the principles of velocity and the fact the further an object travels, the higher the speed when making contact with the target. The kick is performed by applying about 70% of your weight on your lead leg while leaning slightly back and quickly shooting your rear foot straight up the center line of the target. This kick ought to connect with an opponents face, throat, or sternum.
- Spinning Hook Kick (Taekwondo)
Anyone with a background in TKD is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to head level kicks, jump and spinning kicks, and speed. The spinning hook kick is brutal and a little bit tricky to master, but still fantastic none the least. If you don’t have an understanding of the basic hook kick, you may want to practice it a few times before trying this technique because of its very wide range of motion. To begin, stand in a side stance, your centerline 90 degrees from your opponent’s centerline, quickly spin the opposite way of your opponent, looking at where you’re going to strike. Lift your heel of your striking foot and load your hips on the cross step, torque your upper body as you raise the kicking leg to 45 degrees out to the side of your opponent. Generating momentum, extend your foot to impact the target with a circular motion and pull the strikethrough.
- Balayage Sweep Kick (Savate)
The balayage sweep kick is very similar to a Judo throw in a sense that it knocks an opponent off balance then uses their momentum to send them to the ground. This is possible by sidestepping around your opponent and using your lead leg to attack one of the weakest points of the body, the Achilles tendon. Simply kick the back of the leg and use the off-balancing to control the direction of your opponent’s torso.