Taekwondo practitioners spend a greater portion of their training time on their footwork, in contrast to Karateka, who place a greater emphasis on improving their hand skills. And the results of their labour may be seen.
Are you interested in learning about the various Taekwondo kick techniques? Let’s take a look at a list of the 15 fundamental kicks in Taekwondo, along with their Korean names. In addition to that, we will post additional Taekwondo videos below so that you can witness the kicks in action.
The front kick is frequently the first foot technique that brand-new pupils learn because it is one of the most effective Taekwondo kicks for novices. To perform the technique, first bring the kicking knee up to a high position, and then “snap” the other foot forward and outward.
This kicking technique has the potential to do significant harm in addition to driving your opponent backward.
The sidekick is a sort of kick that is common to several martial arts, including karate, and may be performed in a variety of situations. The back leg is used to carry out the move.
In the event that your right leg is behind, you will need to rotate 90 degrees to the left in order to position your chest such that it is looking left. At the same time, you will bring your right knee up to your chest in order to chamber the kick. Lean back and then thrust your leg straight out in front of you to strike your opponent in the face or solar plexus.
To execute a reverse sidekick, you can also turn backward rather than forward at the beginning of the move. The final movement is exactly the same and it heads in the same direction as before. On the other hand, because of the momentum you gain from spinning over a greater distance, this kick packs far more of a punch.
A strong roundhouse kick, when executed properly and positioned in the appropriate spot, has the potential to truly set your opponent on edge. This is another another kick that is regarded to be part of the fundamentals of Taekwondo, and most individuals learn it quite early on in their training.
Raise your knee to the side and extend your leg while you rotate your body around the leg that is standing. To perform this kick successfully to a high (head) target, great hip mobility and flexibility through the inner thighs is required. Targets closer to the abdomen are noticeably less difficult to reach.
A double roundhouse kick is a more advanced kick that consists of two roundhouse kicks that are performed in rapid succession. First, execute a roundhouse kick with one leg, and as soon as that leg returns to the ground, bring the other leg up to do a second kick immediately after it. The change takes place while the plane is in flight.
This is a cool technique, but its potency is diminished because of the cumbersome back and forth movement that it requires. In order to do it well, you need to have a lot of quickness and flexibility.
Back kicks are similar to reverse sidekicks, with the exception that you don’t turn your body quite as far. You do a backward turn, similar to the reverse sidekick move.
However, you should be gazing over your shoulder, and you should kick your opponent when your back is turned to them. As opposed to the reverse sidekick, you should not wait until you have completed the full rotation before moving on.
These kicks, at their most fundamental level, consist of the same movement as the sidekick and backkick that we have just gone over. However, you incorporate a leap into the technique so that you may cover more ground and increase the strength of the move overall.
The leaping sidekick and jumping back kick are alternate names for these types of kicks. This phrase can be expressed either as Eedan Yeop Chagi or Eedan Dwi Chagi in Korean.
If you can react quickly enough, the hook kick is an excellent “fake out” technique, and it can also be used to rescue an off-target side or roundhouse kick. You should attempt to roundhouse kick, but you should “miss” your target.
Utilize the forward force of the kick to bend your knee and then quickly snap your heel backwards. The objective is to strike your opponent with the ball of your heel while approaching them from the side.
In order to generate additional velocity and strike with more force, you might give the hook kick a spin. Turn around as though you were about to give someone a back kick when you are in the fighting position. Just as with a typical hook kick, you should shoot the foot out and “miss” the target.
Use the momentum to swing your foot back and strike the side of your opponent’s face with the heel of your foot.
The crescent kick is a lightning-quick kick that excels when used in close quarters due to its pinpoint accuracy. You may do this move to the right or the left of the centerline by sweeping a straight leg upward in a curved motion. You can strike your opponent in the jaw with either the inside or the outside of your foot if you continue the curve toward the centerline.
Creating an inner crescent with your foot involves bringing it inside and hitting with the innermost section of the foot. An outer crescent is a motion in the opposite direction. They are sometimes referred to either inside or outside crescent kicks as well.
The scissor kick is a very advanced technique that is rarely seen in competitions or used in self-defense. Instead, it is most frequently seen in demonstrations. The plan is to do a leaping sidekick and a jumping front kick simultaneously in order to strike two opponents at once.
Coordination and adaptability are essential, in addition to having two adversaries easily located in the appropriate positions.
The twist kick is an excellent technique for surprise your opponent by approaching them from a direction in which they are not expecting you to come at them from. After bringing the knee in toward the chest as if to deliver a front kick, rotate at the hip to bring the knee out to the side. Extend your leg so that you may strike your opponent in the upper leg or the middle of their body with the top of your foot.
You’ll need a good deal of flexibility to pull off this kick, as you probably guessed.
The axe kick is analogous to the crescent kick, however it does not involve any circular motion. You instead swing your straight leg upward just enough to the side of the centerline to clear your opponent from the way. The next step is to send your opponent’s head, shoulder, or collar bone crashing down on top of your leg.
The knee strike is yet another effective kick that may be used in close quarters. Although it is a very effective method of self-defense, competitors in Taekwondo tournaments are not permitted to use this technique.
In general, you should try to knee your opponent in the face anywhere you can reach them. The solar plexus and the groyne both make for good targets. To add more power to your kick, thrust your hips forward at the same time as you kick.
You may also use this technique to push your opponent back, which can be useful if your back is against a wall and you need more space to land a hard kick or if you’re trying to follow up with a powerful kick and need more room to move around.
This kick is not so much intended to inflict injury on your opponent as it is to create distance between the two of you. Bring the knee up like you would for a front kick, but instead of extending the leg and snapping the foot out, drive the hips forward and bring the knee back down.
Imagine that you are pushing someone rather than punching them; the only difference is that you are using your feet.