Muay Thai Kick
Muay Thai Lessons: 5 Great Pointers To Remember When Practicing the Thai Kick
Muay Thai is known for its hard kick, and it’s a good idea to have this technique in your martial arts toolbox. But the best way to have a good kick, you need proper technique.
These are 5 things to remember when throwing your Muay Thai kick:
Tip #1 Correct Distance - The correct distance for this kick is when your opponent is JUST BEYOND punching range. You should be able to lean out and touch your opponent with your hand. When you are at the distance to do this, you are in the best range for this kick.
Tip #2 Step and Lean – For maximum power, step into the Muay Thai kick at a 45 degree angle with your base leg. Stepping at a 45 degree angle, instead of towards your target, generates the most power for this kick. Avoid stepping flat-footed, step with the balls of your feet instead.
Tip #3 Rotation – Turn your supporting foot. Turn your hips and shoulders together into the Thai kick. Don’t allow any twisting in your body. You MUST TURN YOUR HIPS into the kick! Think of it this way, your hips should be turned towards your opponent and your chest facing sideways too when the kick lands. Don’t snap the kick, keep the leg loose and swing the whole leg. Your leg should stay relaxed and close to straight the whole time. As you rotate and kick, your body should stay leaned away from the kicking leg. This acts as a counterbalance.
Tip #4 Impact - Hit with the shinbone! Also, the follow through is VERY Important. DON’T STOP AT THE SURFACE OF THE TARGET! YOU MUST “FOLLOW THROUGH” WITH THIS KICK. The follow through is probably the most important facet of this kick. Swing your leg like a baseball bat and swing all the way through the target, trying to break through everything in its path. Turn your upper body into the target (if you were to miss, the kick would literally spin you around!)
Tip #5 Hand Placement - A couple of points: Make certain your rear hand is up and covering your face. The lead arm (kicking arm) swings back for balance. Here the lead arm may drop, but the shoulder does NOT! So remember, rear hand up for defense, lead hand swings back for balance.
The target for this kick can be the inner or outer thigh, body, or head. After impact, use the “rebound” of the impact to return to your stance.