Beginner Kickboxing Techniques and Tips
Every beginner in the martial arts world can benefit from learning a few kickboxing techniques. Kickboxing is both a martial art and sport that involves punching and kicking. Kickboxing has increased in popularity not only because it is an effective form of self defense, but also as a great way to get into shape. Whether you want to pursue kickboxing, karate, jujitsu, or any other form of martial arts, a solid knowledge of basic kickboxing techniques can tone you muscles and get your body accustomed to the demands and discipline that martial arts requires.
Before you can perform any moves, your body should be familiar with the basic fighting stance. This position readies your muscles to switch directly into a move with the least effort. To take this stance, start by spreading your feet shoulder-width apart. If you are right-handed, your left shoulder and leg should be slightly in front of your right arm and leg. Reverse this if you are left-handed. Both arms should be raised with the dominant hand being nearer to the chin as the non-dominant hand is raised slightly higher to protect the face. From here, you can move straight into a number of techniques.
Kicking is, as you might guess, the foundation of kickboxing. There are a number of different kicks that you can learn and even more combinations that can be pieced together for a unique and versatile routine. The three main types of kicks we are going to talk about here are the front kick, side kick, and the roundhouse kick. The front kick is the most basic of the two moves and is a great beginning point for a more complex combination. To do this kick, the knee of the kicking leg (the one standing slightly to the back when you take the fighting stance) is raised directly in front of your body and the heel of the foot is used to push against the opponent’s chest. Sometimes this move is used to attack the opponent’s face, however the higher the target area, the greater chance one has of losing their balance.
The side kick is a very popular and efficient kick, and is also quite easy to pull off. It is also one of the first kicks a beginner learns to perfect. To perform this kick, stand sideways and raise the leg so that it is parallel to the ground. Use the heel of the foot to kick the opponent’s body or face. The roundhouse kick is a powerful kick because it allows you to channel the majority of your body weight into one swinging blow. It also happens to be really fun to perform and impressive to watch. To do the roundhouse kick, your non-kicking leg pivots to the side as the knee of your kicking leg is raised upwards. As the knee reaches a rough 45 degree angle from your torso, the leg is extended so that the front of the foot makes contact with the body or head of your opponent.
As with kicking, there are a number of different punches that you should learn to utilize. These can be used in multiple combinations with other punches as well as with kicks. The two main punches we are going to talk about are the jab and cross. The jab is a very well-known punch and is very simple in execution. To jab, keep the non-hitting fist close to the face to block any oncoming blows while the punching fist extends directly in front to land squarely in your opponent’s face. Jabs are generally quick in nature and can pack quite a lot of force, but not as much as the cross. The cross punch allows you to put more of your bodyweight into the hit as you swing. To do this punch, keep the non-hitting fist close to your face while your hitting fist swings from a sideways angle to strike your opponent’s face.
These basic kickboxing techniques make a great foundation for any martial arts sport you may be interested. By perfecting these moves, you will gain better hand/foot/core coordination as well as develop a solid sense of balance. Both of these are imperative when learning any form of martial arts.