Side Kick - Martial Arts Kicking Technique

Join this free martial arts wiki. Add info & help beginners with Shotokan Kata, Kicks, Punches, Grappling, Taekwondo Forms & Patterns, Aikido, Goju-Ryu, Krav Maga, Bo Staff, Judo, Kyokushin, etc. Fitness experts can help with Strength Training, Core Exercises, Warm-Ups, Balance, Stretching, Yoga, etc. Meet martial artists by joining our Wiki Community.

Wiki Revision Date - 14 Feb 2017 16:52

Side Kick - Martial Arts Kicking Technique

This page provides details on how to do a martial arts side kick. Side kicks are powerful kicks but tend to be slower than other basic martial arts kicks (i.e. roundhouse kick). For example, you have to chamber your kick and then fire out the side kick versus just launching a roundhouse kick directly at the target. Nevertheless, given its power, a side kick can a very effective self-defense weapon. The side kick can be done either with the rear leg (see below) or front leg.

For instructions regarding other martial arts kicks (i.e. axe kick), please visit our main kicking techniques section. Students should only practice martial arts kicking techniques under the supervision of a trained martial arts instructor.

Section supported by Books on Kicking Techniques

Written Instructions for a Rear Leg Side Kick

  • From your fighting position, you will rotate your body until your side is facing the attacker. You will pivot on your front leg and your front foot will pivot 180 degrees.
  • As you rotate, you will bring your rear leg forward until your knee is up near your waist and your foot is facing the attacker. Your knee will be almost 270 degrees from its starting position. 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.
  • Also see the section on the Front Leg Side Kick for a faster but less powerful variation of the traditional rear leg sidekick.

Side Kick Variations

Karate Instructional Video on Rear Side Kicks

Taekwondo Instructional Video on Side Kicks

Side Kicks for Beginners

Side Kicks for Advanced Students



Become a member of the wiki community!
We hope you will join the wiki community.
Talk to fellow martial artists. Ask & answer questions. Discuss techniques.
You can also join via Facebook.

Wiki Recommendations by Google

Black Belt Wiki Community

  • Please visit the wiki community to read all of our members posts & replies. However, we have listed below some of the recent posts & top-rated topics added by our members to the wiki's social community. FYI - These are not wiki pages but rather are fantastic member generated questions & answers focused on martial arts topics. We hope you become a member.

Highly Rated Posts on the Wiki Community

Recent Wiki Community Posts

  • Welcome to all of our recent new members I want to welcome the following new members: [239660,David Byler] , [239549,Hossein] , [239548,Graeme Reay] , [239422,Nick Santa Anna] , [239394,Marcus Moore] , [239264,Paul Helton] , [239260,Simon Mackenzie] , [239205,Rock Carey Sr.] , [239198,Vicki ...
  • Lee Yingarn (1of2) Old school Tai Chi. Companion to a book showing/teaching soft and hard tai chi. 😎
  • Perseverance With Health Issues ! This title can be an extraneous issue for those who havn't experienced a serious event. For those otherwise, it can be a nightmare ! Many MA's experience the bruises and they eventually subside in a short period, but those who have serious injuries ...
  • Rewrapping sai - looking for advice Last summer, the cheap wraps on one of my sai started coming off. I decided to look up how to change the wrap, and found two videos in particular that greatly assisted me. Below is a link to a picture with one original (black) wrap and one sai with t...



Amazon - Martial Arts Books
(Click on the pictures below to learn more about these books)


At no extra cost to you, Black Belt Wiki makes a small commission if you buy products via these Amazon links. Your purchase helps keep this wiki free for all visitors. Thank you for your support!




If you spot a typo, non-working video or missing information, please tell us & we will fix immediately!
Also help beginners & add your knowledge to this free wiki.



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.


Join the Black Belt Wiki Community
We hope you will join our free wiki community.
Talk to your fellow martial artists. Ask & answer questions.
You can also join via Facebook.




Wiki
Martial Arts Products