How to Throw a Kick Correctly

How to Throw a Kick Correctly


Facts first: a kick is more powerful than a punch. Period: everybody knows it. But differently from throwing a punch – where your legs are responsible for keeping your body moving and upright – when you kick you must be aware that you are also giving up your stability, even if it’s just for a fraction of a second. We know that this is to the advantage of a more extended range together with a more destructive power – this is why people ultimately kick – but if you don’t know how to kick properly, or you kick just because you think you are doing it correctly, you might compromise your stability and give your opponent a chance to use this attack of yours against you.

Learning how to kick is a must a for a Martial Practitioner, and technique must be refined alongside with a tough physical training. Mastering traditional stances also helps in stability, no matter the type of kick you are throwing.

Front Kicks: when Simplicity meets Deadliness

First and foremost, let’s get the difference between a front kick and a front throw straight, as despite both gestures share the same principles, huge are the differences between them.

A kick, to be effective, must be hard to block: and this is the first difference. A front kick is supposed to be charged first, and then extended in a direction that is parallel to the ground. To be 100% effective, force must be straight, from A to B (from one opponent to the other). To perform a front kick, the knee must be first lifted, then the foot pushed towards the opponent. Foot can be flat or pointy, following the rule of the hammer: you can use the head or the peen according to the effect you wish to obtain.

Front throw. A front throw, on the other hand, can be performed in two ways: by first charging it (like in the front kick explained above) and then thrusting it, or by thrusting the whole straight leg. The main difference compared to the front kick is clearly its direction, which is mainly a curve. So, the question is: which of the two is the most effective? Here’s your answers:

Front kick:

  • Extremely hard to block
  • Extremely powerful when thrown parallel to the ground
  • Does not require extreme flexibility
  • It’s limited in height when targeted at its highest range
  • Perfect for short and long range combat

Front throw:

  • Easier to predict, and therefore to intercept
  • Not as deadly as a front kick, due to the nature of the impact
  • Requires a very good flexibility
  • Has no limits in height if thrown by an athlete with very good flexibility
  • More practical in long-range combat



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About the author : Fabio Zambelli

Fabio has dedicated his life to Martial Arts for more than 23 years and has been teaching since 2005. Extremely committed and passionate to the way of the warrior lifestyle, he lives his days following Martial Arts’ principles: hard work and self-sacrifice. The diplomas he is most proud of are his failures as overcoming these demonstrated that Martial Arts values, along with their code of conduct, have worked on him. His extraordinary determination, concretized in Heart of The Orient, the world's first designed and hand-crafted Dojo for Shaolin Kungfu, is proof that human willpower has no limits.