Front Leg Side Kick - Martial Arts Kicking Technique

This free martial arts wiki will help you with Shotokan Kata, Taekwondo Forms, Kicks, Punches, Grappling, Aikido, Goju-Ryu, Krav Maga, Bo Staff, Kyokushin, etc. This wiki will also help you to become a better martial arts "athlete" with drills & exercises for agility, balance, conditioning, flexibility, speed, strength, etc. You can also talk with other martial artists by joining our Wiki Community.

Wiki Revision Date - 07 Feb 2017 13:01

Front Leg Side Kick - Martial Arts Kicking Technique

This page provides details on how to do a front leg side kick (or front foot side kick). Side kicks are powerful kicks but tend to be slower than other basic martial arts kicks (i.e. roundhouse kick). This slower speed is a result of side kicks not being thrown directly at the target (due to the chamber segment of the technique). To reduce this speed disadvantage, many martial artists use a front leg side kick versus a rear leg side kick in sparring tournaments. However, while a front leg side kick has more speed, it also can have less power than a rear leg side kick. To generate more power, many martial artists often use a hopping or skipping technique in order to put greater momentum behind the front leg side kick.

You should also visit the page focused on the rear leg side kick. For instructions regarding other martial arts kicks (i.e. axe kick), please visit our main kicking techniques section.

Written Instructions for the Front Leg Side Kick

  • From your fighting position, you will not rotate your body (unlike the Rear Leg Side Kick).
  • Rather, you will bring your front leg back until your knee is up near your waist/chest and your foot is facing the attacker. This is the "chamber" portion of the side kick (as you are bringing your leg into position in order to launch the side kick).
  • You will thrust your foot forward and strike your attacker with the sole of your foot or blade of your foot (outer edge of foot).
  • Tip - Beginners can use a chair or rail in order to maintain their balance while practicing the fundamentals of a side kick.

Karate Instructional Video on Front Leg Side Kicks

Taekwondo Instructional Video on Side Kicks

Kickboxing Instructional Video on Front Leg Side Kicks




Share this martial arts wiki with a friend



Martial Arts Books & Gear
Aikido | BJJ | Flexibility | Karate | Krav Maga
MMA | Military | Muay Thai | Shoes | Shotokan | Sparring | Taekwondo | Other



Other Popular Black Belt Wiki Pages



Join the Wiki Community

Join our wiki community for in-depth martial arts discussions
and to meet other martial artists. You can also join via Facebook.



New Community Posts - Member Generated Posts & Questions

  • 3 Tips for Aikido Safety Thought this video was interesting because it went over some of the safety concerns associated with Aikido (i.e. the need to know how to fall properly when thrown). Any additional comments on safety issues for any OTHER martial arts? Will Black Belt ...
  • Should I bow out of sparring? First off, I'd like to say how glad I am to have found this site. I have been doing a lot of reading and a lot of the info will be beneficial to me. I often have questions about what we do in class and/or the stuff I'm trying to do at home. It's diffic...
  • My self Hello everyone I'm Navin Kunwar from India I'm doing Goju-Ryu style around 12 years I'm 4th degree in Goju-Ryu style. Im chief instructor Maharashtra state in India. Thank you Oss
  • Ninja Bye Q. So, how does a Ninja Turtle say goodbye? A. Got a scute! (Look it up, if you need.)

Popular Community Posts - Highly Rated Member Generated Posts & Questions

Latest Martial Arts Techniques or Kata/Forms Added to Black Belt Wiki

Interesting Martial Arts News



Material on this wiki may not be copied or reproduced without the written approval of Black Belt Wiki.
All rights reserved. For other terms & conditions, please read our legal disclaimer. This site is for informational purposes only. All martial arts techniques and fitness exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. If you have had an injury or are in pain, please see a doctor before starting or continuing any martial arts and/or physical fitness program.



Looking for interesting holiday or birthday gifts? Try Asian candy & snacks!

Martial Arts Gear