Calf Kick - Martial Arts Kicking Technique

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Calf Kick - Martial Arts Kicking Technique

This page provides details on the "Calf Kick". This low kick is used in some martial arts sparring matches in order to distract or injure an opponent by striking their calf. Repeated strikes to this muscle can cause an opponent's calf to cramp, tear, etc.

A calf kick is essentially a low roundhouse kick or low shin kick that targets an opponent's calf. The martial artist attempting a calf kick will generally strike the target with their lower shin or the instep of the foot. The calf kick is used by martial arts styles such as Mixed Martial Arts. To offset the pain/damage of a calf kick, martial artists will either try to evade the kick or block via a shin block, cut kick, etc. To better "absorb" the impact of a calf kick, martial artists will also try to strengthen their calf muscles via exercises such as calf raises.

For information on other martial arts kicks (i.e. spinning hook kicks or axe kicks), please visit the main Martial Arts Kicking Techniques section. Students should only practice martial arts kicking techniques under the supervision of a trained martial arts instructor.

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