Muay Thai is a martial art that utilizes kicks, punches, elbows, and knees to disable an opponent. One of the most common kicks used in Muay Thai is the low kick. This article will teach you how to throw a low kick, as well as how to defend against one.
When throwing a low kick, you will want to aim for your opponent’s shin, thigh, or knee. To properly execute the kick, you will need to snap your leg out quickly and bring it back just as fast. Muay Thai practitioners often use their low kicks to set up other strikes, so it is important to be quick and accurate when throwing one.
A well-placed low kick can be very brutal and painful. If you hit your opponent’s thighs often enough, you will cause swelling, which will hinder your opponent’s movement. This will make them an easier target for your other strikes. Low kicks can also be used to sweep your opponent’s legs out from under them, leading to a knockout or submission.
If you hit your opponents on the outside part of their calf, you will most likely cause a lot of swelling, which will also make it very hard for your opponent to move efficiently. Blocking against calf kicks can be quite tricky and will require very good reflexes. The trick is to simply turn your shin outside so that your opponent’s kick lands on your shin and not your calf.
Let’s look at how to defend against one. The first thing you need to do is raise your leg up so that your shin blocks the kick. You can also use your thigh, but this will leave you more vulnerable to follow-up strikes. If you see your opponent winding up for a low kick, you can also try to block it by lifting your leg up (so if the opponent is throwing a low kick with his left leg, you should check it with your right leg). This is known as “checking” and can be very effective if done correctly. Checking can seriously hurt your opponent and make them hesitant about throwing further low kicks.
Defending against a low kick can be tricky, but there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of success. First, try to keep your weight balanced so that you can more easily move around the ring. Second, when you see your opponent winding up for a low kick, try to raise your leg in order to block the strike. Finally, if all else fails, try to lean forward so that you put some weight on your leg. This will hurt, but at least it will minimize the pain and the damage of the low kick.
Low kicks are an important part of Muay Thai and can be used to great effect if you know how to throw and defend against them properly. Practice these techniques in order to become a better Muay Thai fighter. Thanks for reading! I hope this article was helpful. Please share it with your friends if you find it useful. Until next time! Train hard and stay safe!