Kicking Techniques, For You
If you are going to take up the sport of kickboxing or are simply using it as a way to lose weight and improve your level of fitness, you will find that there are a number of skills that you will need to master over time if you want to achieve your goals. You need to realize that you must master the basic or core skills and kickboxing techniques, not only will make you a better competitor or give you better workout results, but because it will help to reduce your chances of becoming injured
Perhaps the first and most important skill you need to master is the stance. If you cannot master this then you will never be able to perform any of the other kickboxing techniques properly. The correct beginning stance should be something along these lines; stand with your feet apart at shoulder width with your right leg move back the same distance and turned at a 45 degree angle to the right. Keep both knees slightly bent resting with your left foot flat on the floor and on the ball or to your right. This puts you in the beginning position from which your movements will start.
Once you are in this position, you need to raise your fists with your right hand at your temple and your left in front of your face at chin level. If you are left handed these kickboxing techniques should be reversed as you will always fight leading with your dominant side. Keep your chin tucked in to protect your face from being punched and you are ready to get started. If you are practicing at home, you should do this in front of a full length mirror so that you can see what you are doing.
Punches and jabs are very common kickboxing techniques; the jab is an ideal punch to use straight from the beginning stance as you can step into your jab pushing off with your right leg as you execute a short sharp punch to your opponent’s body or face. This punch allows you to use the power of your entire body rather than just your arm muscles to get the maximum effect, the more of your body weight you can throw behind the punch, the more damage it can do.
The cross allows you to use your back arm and even more of your body weight as you step into the punch, while the uppercut uses your front arm to drive a punch into your opponent’s chin. Remember that your punches are going to be more effective if you remember to follow them through the point of contact.
Mastering Kickboxing Techniques
Kickboxing would not be what it is with several different kicks, these kickboxing techniques are the hardest to master as you will need to develop not only the kicking skill itself, but the balance needed to pull them off and not end up on the floor. Whether you are learning a side kick or a front kick, you may find that practicing in front of a mirror can help you perfect your techniques and master the balance needed to move on to more advanced techniques that can be used for enhanced exercise routines or in competition.