Roundhouse kicks come in many different styles of martial arts from Taekwondo to Tai Chi to Muay Thai all have pretty much the same thing in common, they are all based around trying to kick at your target from the side as apposed to kicking someone head on. The kick when executed correctly has a great deal of power in it.
A roundhouse kick is a kick in which the attacker swings his or her leg around in a semicircular motion, striking with the front of the leg or foot. This type of kick is used in many different martial arts and is popular in both non contact and full contact martial arts competitions. The kick has many variations based on stance, leg movement, striking surface, and the height of the kick.
The kick can be aimed at either the legs or the waist or it can be used to kick at your opponents head.
The best way to begin to execute the kick is to stand with your legs apart about shoulder width apart and the stride from front to back should feel comfortable so that you can move back and forth in a balanced manor.
- Lift the knee and let the foot follow.
- Standing leg: Twist on the ball of the foot, until the toes point away from ones opponent.
- Kick: Extend hip and hit opponent with straightened instep of shin.
- Pull the foot back in a straight line, so that your opponent can’t grab your leg.
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Takwondo Roundouse Kick
The taekwondo roundhouse kick, known is performed by first drawing the knee straight up in a “chamber” position. This chamber, identical to the chamber of many taekwondo kicks the front kick, side kick, etc, is utilized so that the opponent cannot guess which kick will be thrown. This differentiates it from muay Thai and other roundhouse kicks, which tend to incorporate rotation before or during the rising of the knee. The knee is then rotated so that it is nearly parallel to the ground, counterclockwise for the right leg roundhouse, and the kicking hip is simultaneously rotated towards the opponent. The rotation of the hip, combined with the snapping of the leg forward, gives the kick its power. The striking surface is the instep or the ball of the foot. In this way taekwondo differs from Chinese sanshou, where the striking surface is the shin. This is also called an “off the line” or “rear leg” roundhouse kick.
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