List of Martial Arts Kicks
This page provides instructions for a wide variety of martial arts kicks such as the axe kick, spinning hook kick and flying back kick. It provides videos and instructional details for each of the kicks listed below in order to help you to learn that specific martial arts kicking technique.
Martial arts kicks should be practiced extensively because they are used in a wide range of different situations including self-defense, sparring, katas & forms, breaking techniques and demonstrations. Students should only practice these martial arts kicking techniques under the supervision of a trained martial arts instructor. For additional kicking information, you should also visit our flexibility (necessary for high kicks), kicking power and knee strikes sections.
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Basic Martial Arts Kicks - Click on each kick for detailed instructions and/or videos
List of Basic & Advanced Martial Arts Kicks - Click on each kick for detailed instructions and/or videos
- Axe Kick - Traditional rear leg axe kick.
- Front Leg Axe Kick
- Back Kick
- Butterfly Kick
- Butterfly Twist Kick - A more advanced version of the Butterfly Kick.
- Calf Kick
- Cartwheel Kick
- Crescent Kick
- Cut Kick
- Double Front Kick or Jumping Double Front Kick
- Double Roundhouse Kick or Jumping Double Roundhouse Kick
- Downward Roundhouse Kick or "Brazilian Kick"
- Foot Sweep Kick - Karate's Ashi Barai
- Flying Back Kick
- Flying Drop Kick
- Flying Front Kick
- Flying Side Kick
- Front Kick
- Heel Kick Lead Leg, Turning and Spinning
- Hook Kick or Whip Kick
- Inverted Roundhouse Kick
- Jumping Axe Kick
- Jumping Back Kick
- Jumping Front Kick or Flying Front Kick
- Jumping Roundhouse Kick
- Jumping Side Kick or Flying Side Kick
- Jumping Spinning Axe Kick or Tornado Axe Kick
- Jumping Spinning Crescent Kick
- Jumping Spinning Hook Kick or Jumping Reverse Hook Kick
- Knee Joint Kick - Karate's Kansetsu Geri
- Kyokushin Wheel Kick
- Low Kicks - List of kicks commonly used to strike targets below the waist.
- Oblique Kick or Scoop Kick
- Push Kick or Front Thrust Kick
- Roll Kicks or Rolling Kicks
- Roundhouse Kick or Round Kick
- Scissor Kick
- Scoop Kick
- Scorpion Kick
- Shin Kick or "Muay Thai Kick"
- Shin Kick (Hapkido)
- Side Kick
- Skipping Axe Kick or Hopping Axe Kick, Sliding Axe Kick, etc.
- Skipping Crescent Kick or Hopping Crescent Kick, Sliding Crescent Kick, etc.
- Skipping Front Kick or Hopping Front Kick, Sliding Front Kick, etc.
- Skipping Roundhouse Kick or Hopping Roundhouse Kick, Sliding Roundhouse Kick, etc.
- Skipping Side Kick or Step Behind Side Kick, Hopping Side Kick, Sliding Side Kick, etc.
- Slap Kick
- Spinning Axe Kick
- Spinning Back Kick
- Spinning Crescent Kick
- Spinning Heel Kick or Spinning Sweep Kick
- Spinning Hook Kick or Spinning Whip Kick, Reverse Roundhouse Kick, Reverse Hook Kick, etc.
- Spinning Roundhouse Kick or Turning Roundhouse Kick
- Spinning Side Kick or Reverse Side Kick
- Stomp Kick - Karate's Fumikomi
- Vertical Stomp Kick
- Stop Kick
- Stretch Kick
- Sweep Kick (Forward Foot)
- Sweep Kick (Low Heel) or Low Spinning Heel Kick
- Switch Kick
- Toe Kick or Karate's Tsumasaki Geri
- Tornado Kick or Jumping Spinning Roundhouse Kick, 360 Roundhouse Kick
- Tornado Axe Kick
- Twisting Kick or Twist Kick
- Uppercut Back Kick
- 540 Roundhouse Kick
- 540 Spinning Hook Kick
Kicks from the Ground - If you have been knocked to the ground & must defend yourself with a kick.
Martial Arts Kicks by Martial Arts Style
Training Equipment for Stronger & More Accurate Kicks
Self-Defense Kicking Targets - Vital Areas
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