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Round Kicks in the Martial Arts

How to do Round Kicks in the Martial Arts

Round Ball Kick

Striking surface

Ball of Foot/toe of shoe

Striking areas

Temple, floating Ribs, thighs, groin from side

The Round Ball Kick is performed by first getting into the round kick position by following the kicking motion below.

For the foot and toes, we will pull them back as far as possible making an L shape with shin and foot while flexing the shin muscle.

Your knee is pointed at the target and the foot comes in a round circular motion towards the target hitting with the ball of the foot.

Make sure the toes are pulled back. If you are wearing boots, just kick with the tip of boots.

Applications:

  • Wearing boots makes this kick very powerful
  • Kicking around someone’s guard by using the length of the foot to strike head
  • Striking of the target areas

Round Instep Kick

Striking surface

Instep or top of foot

Striking areas

Inside of thigh, back of head, ribs from the side

The Round instep Kick is performed by first getting into the round kick position by following the kicking motions as explained in Martial Arts Kicks.

For the foot and toes, we will point them down to align the shin with the instep.

Your knee is pointed at the target and the foot comes in a round circular motion towards the target hitting with the instep or top of the foot.

Applications:

  • Wearing shoes helps to protect the foot
  • Kicking around someone’s guard by using the length of the foot to strike head
  • Striking of the target areas

Round Heel Kick

Striking surface

The bottom heel of the foot

Striking areas

Knee, head when opponent is down or on all fours

The Round Heel Kick is performed by first getting into the round kick position by following the kicking motion as explained in Martial Arts Kicks.

For the foot and toes, we will pull them back as far as possible making an L shape with shin and foot while flexing the shin muscle.

Your knee is pointed at the target and the foot comes in a round circular motion towards the target hitting with the heel of the foot.

Make sure the toes are pulled back. If you are wearing boots, just kick with the heel of boots.

I created this kick as an alternative to a side kick. It allows for a lot more momentum and offers a very powerful option when you need speed to take out an opponent that is on the ground. Done properly it is akin to swinging a large club at the targeted area.

Applications:

  • Wearing boots makes this kick very powerful
  • Kicking to the head of a fallen opponent
  • Striking of the target areas with more speed and power

Round Shin Kick

Striking surface

Shin bone above the instep and below the knee

Striking areas

Outside of Thigh (sciatic nerve as in a Muay Thai Leg Kick or Low Kick), back of head, ribs from the side

The Round Shin Kick is performed by first getting into the round kick position by following the kicking motions as explained in Martial Arts Kicks.

The foot and toes can be extended or pulled back. It has been debated that pulling the toes back and foot up (in the shape of an L) tightens the area around the shin bone for added protection, we will point them down to align the shin with the instep for this exercise.

Your knee is pointed at the target and the foot comes in a round circular motion towards the target hitting with the shin.

For a low kick or thigh kick targeting the sciatic nerve, the kick comes in a little higher (say the ribs) then cuts down at the last part of the kick to land on the thigh. Twisting the hips and a lot of practice on a heavy bag will help to make this kick a very effective weapon.

Applications:

  • Taking out the kicking leg of an opponent
  • Kicking or targeting low in order to expose other areas for attack
  • Striking to the nerves in the thigh or back of the head
  • Kicking to the leg to make it hard for an opponent to walk or follow

Here is a video teaching the round ball kick – note that the other kicks follow very similar dynamics.

If you haven’t done so already, please read Rick Tew’s Intro to Martial Art kicks by following the link below:

Martial Art Kicks

Also, be sure to review Rick Tew’s Martial Art Strikes and Kicks form by following the link below:

Martial Art Strikes and Kicks Form

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by Rick Tew

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About the author:

Rick Tew is an internationally acclaimed Sensei or teacher in the martial arts and founder of CMS – College of Martial Science and NinjaGym. He runs Live-In Short and Long term Martial Arts Training and Adventure Camps in California and Thailand.

Utilizing the martial arts as a gateway to excellence, he created his personal development programs. His courses are for everyone who wants to integrate mind, body, and spirit to access his or her true potential.

Rick Tew’s Winjitsu, The Mental Martial Art System for Success, has helped his students to overcome their fear and become successful in what they love and passionate about.

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