The high kick is one of the most devastating techniques in Muay Thai. If it is used effectively, it can knock your opponent out cold. In this blog post, we will discuss how to use the high kick effectively in a fight. We will also explain how to set up the high kick and how to throw it correctly. We will also describe how to defend against a high kick.
The high kick is often used as a nasty finisher to a combo. It is not really meant to score points since it is quite hard to throw. It is mostly meant to be used as a knockout tool. The high kick can be thrown from long range or short range. It can also be used as a counter-attack.
There are a few things you need to do in order to throw a proper high kick. Firstly, you need to generate power from your hips and transfer it through your body and into your leg. Secondly, you need to snap your kicking leg up quickly and extend fully. Thirdly, you should keep your balance throughout the entire movement. Lastly, make sure that you follow through with your kick and land properly.
To set up the high kick, you need to create an opening. One way to do this is by feinting with your hands or feet. This will make your opponent drop their guard and open up their defenses. By throwing many kicks to the body, you will naturally wear down your opponents’ attention and focus, which will cause them to drop their guard eventually. When this happens, you can throw a high kick to the head.
Now that we have gone over how to throw a high kick, let’s discuss how to defend against one. The first thing you need to do is keep your guard up at all times. If you see your opponent wind up for a high kick, be prepared to block it with your arms or legs. Another way to defend against a high kick is to catch the kicking leg with your hands and pull it down. This will off-balance your opponent and give you an opportunity to counter-attack. At this moment you can sweep your opponent’s other leg or punch them in the face.
You can also just duck down or lean back to avoid the kick altogether. This is a bit more difficult to do since you need to have good timing and reflexes.
The question mark kick is a variation of the high kick where you faint your opponent by making it look like you will throw a low kick and then quickly switch into a high kick. The switching part will require you to turn your knee and shin upward which will make the trajectory of your foot look like a question mark.
The question mark kick can be used as a surprise attack when your opponent least expects it. When throwing this kick, make sure that you commit fully to it and follow through with the entire movement.
That’s all there is to know about high kicks in Muay Thai! By following the tips in this blog post, you will be able to use this technique effectively in your next fight. Thanks for reading!