The Leg Kick, also known as the Low Kick, is a type of kick an attacker throws to strike the lower part of the opponent’s body (thigh or calf) with the instep of his foot or shin. Low kicks are used in numerous full-contact martial arts such as karate, taekwondo, kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Krav Maga.
- Strong leg kick
A strong leg kick can cause excruciating pain. It also weakens the opponent’s base, limiting his movement. As a technique, it can condition the opponent to react whenever he receives a kick. It gives the other player a chance to attack the opponent’s body or head. When kicking the opponent’s thigh, one can charge with a quick kick, regular kick, or the big chop kick.
- Regular kick
A regular kick is a powerful kick. The attacker uses the instep of his foot or shin to strike. He should twist his hip and waist to make the kick more forceful. It will be harder for the target to recover fast from the impact of the kick, but it allows the attacker to recover easily so he can follow up with more kicks or punches.
- Quick kick
A quick kick is not as powerful as a regular kick. It is simpler to execute and one can immediately recover to a strong stance or pose. Swift and continuous kicks also force the opponent to react to every kick. This gives the attacker more chances to throw punches and chops to the head or the body.
- Big chop leg kick
A big chop leg kick delivers a massive blow to the thigh. The attacker, however, should be careful not to hurt himself by lifting his thigh too high. This type of kick is done by bending the leg and striking perpendicularly to the thigh.
- Calf Kick
The calf kick is a leg kick that uses the instep foot or shin to strike the calf or the outside of the shin. When using the shin, it is important to hit with the blade and not the flat part of the shin. The blade or sharper part of the shin delivers more painful blows to the opponent. More importantly, the flat part of the shin is easier to break. For instance, if the flat part of the shin accidentally hits the opponent’s knee, it can snap.
Leg kicks can be used for different purposes in different situations. One must be able to use the leg kick that works at that particular moment against an opponent.