Muay Thai Kickboxing – How to Throw a Low Kick

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Martial artist Matt Hostetler demonstrates how to throw a low kick.

    Matthew Hostetler

    Matt Hostetler is a coach for Capital Jiu-Jitsu, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing and MMA company with several schools in the Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Southern Maryland area. He is recognized for his Muay Thai and kickboxing skills.

    Matt Hostetler: This is Matt Hostetler with Capital Jiu-Jitsu. Now, we are going to demonstrate the proper way to execute a low kick. This is a very popular kick in Mixed Martial Arts, Muay-Thai, any type of striking arts, because it carries a lot of power and you can really damage your opponent with leg strikes, where you strike to his leg. Now, the back low kick, there is, its more advances than it looks. There is a lot of components that if not done properly will, it will not be an effective kick. So, first and foremost, when Stuart throws a back low kick, he wants to step, the first thing he has to do is step into his opponent. In that way that puts him in the line of fire. The way he does that is he opens up, he opens up his hips by stepping out with his front leg. When he opens up his hips, he is chambering the kick, he is giving himself a wide angle to swing from and he is also putting his opponent more in the line of fire. After he opens up his hips, the next movement is a quick movement with the back leg, directly at the pad making contact with the shin. You do not want to make contact, right, that's the proper place you want to make contact. You do not want to make contact any lower than your instep at the very lowest. Ideally, you want to make contact with your shin and you want to strike straight on, not with the side of your shin. In order to do that, you need to be able to rotate your hips. So, again, now at the end of that strike his whole body was facing away and that's pretty much the only way you are going to get the full power into that kick. A couple of things that you may have noticed is known as the Slice. The same side on that he is delivering the kick, he drops and that's to counter balance himself so, that he can recover his base. If hed kept both hands up as he swung, a lot of times there is too much momentum going that way and its hard to recover your base and remember, a successful fighter is always thinking defense, even when he is on offense. You can't think defense if you are, if it takes you a long time to get back into your guard. So, thats the reason for the Slice. Again, it bears mentioning, his other hand never leaves his head. When he throws the low kick, you always want to keep your other hand, I have mentioned this before, I mentioned it again, you always want to protect yourself at all times. So, this is a snapshot, thats the tail-end of how a low kick should look. Now, if you want to switch around real quick, we will do the front low kick. Now, the front low kick in a fight typically, a front low kick will target the inner thigh of your opponent in a fight, just very lightly, show without the pad where that is. If your opponent, if both you and your opponent are matched, meaning you are both in orthodox which means that your right leg is back or if you are both in southpaw which means that your left leg is back then, your front low kick is going to attack the inner thigh. That again, it can cause a lot of damage. I wanted to point that out, but for the purposes of the demonstration we are attacking the equipment itself. But the front low kick, a lot of people dont use this and they really should because even though you can't generate as much power as you can with the back low kick its still very effective. Again, it all begins by opening up the hips. Stuart steps with his back leg and he steps outwards, so that he opens up his hips and gives himself a wide angle to rotate his attacking leg and just like the back low kick you want to attack, you want to land rather with the shin. Do not want to land your kick with the instep or anything lower than the instep because it will end up hurting yourself. Again, just like we talked about what the back low kick, he is slicing. This time its the left, its the left arm thats doing the slicing to counter balance him and his right hand is protecting. It's up at his face the whole time.

    So, with that motion, a couple of more times you will see, you can still generate enough power to damage the opponent or to make him step back, to set something up. Again, both the front low kick and the back low kick is a very important attack to have in your arsenal.