In MMA competition, kicking can lay the foundation for the groundwork to come, or in and of itself, form the basis of a particular bout. If a fighter is to excel in any of the martial arts that require proficiency in striking with the arms and legs, it is imperative they focus on perfecting all of the main kicking techniques.
Unlike punches, kicks are the preferred weapon of choice when encountering, either in competition or on the street, an opponent adept at maintaining their distance. A fighter is also better able to generate maximal power through the legs, as this weapon is typically the biggest, and strongest, body part.
Of course, the impact a particular kick will have depends on a number of variables:
- The position of the kicker relative to the intended target.
- The type of kick used.
- The speed with which the kick is executed.
- The flexibility and overall level of proficiency that fighter possesses.
To become an MMA fighting machine, a detailed understanding of all these variables and how they relate to kicking technique is necessary. Read on to learn everything you need to know.
The Basic Kicks
Although there are a seemingly infinite variety of kicks these days, depending on the style of martial art and the different variations stemming from some of the more common movements, there are really only five groupings of kicks which need to be perfected for ultimate fighting success:
- Side kick
- Back kick
- Front kick
- Spinning kick
- Jumping kick
Each of these kicks requires certain technical aspects to be considered to maximize their impact, with main leg techniques centered on snapping and thrusting movements.