One of the most effective ways in striking an enemy on the Muay Thai ring is via powerful kicks. When Muay Thai kicking drills are carefully wound up, it can utilize the body’s entire weight and transfer them to the shin then, to the opponent. Kickboxing being a huge part of its discipline requires a lot of practice and getting used to. Aside from practicing certain motions that generate the most power, drills must also be done to get the body, the arms, line of vision, and the feet perfectly coordinated.
To get you started on how to squeeze the juices of your kickboxing prowess up to its last drop, here are 11 Muay Thai kicking drills to do on a daily basis:
1. Condition the shins by using the to kick a 100-pound heavy bag as hard as you can. Try to aim your hardest, feeling some serious tug at your comfort level. No pain, no gain they say– and such can also be said with shin conditioning as this will help build up your resistance to pain as you move along.
2. Make good use of floating bags by punching and kicking it at a 45-degree angle. Do sidekicks and hook kicks from left to right, heel kick, spinning kick, and rear-front thrust as well as knee strikes, punching, elbow attacks, and so on to complete your combination Muay Thai kicking drills.
3. Sometimes all it takes is some getting used to and that can be said with rib kicking drills. With a sparring partner, take turns giving yourselves some 75 percent of lovin’ via roundhouse kick to the area where the strong ribs are.
This is one way to practice target kicking and control for the one who’s kicking, and to enhance flexibility, endurance and proper breathing to the one being kicked at. Try to protect the head with both hands while doing this Muay Thai kicking drill.
4. Make good use of medicine ball With a sparring partner to stabilize stance, increase endurance and resistance from impact, improves breathing, and strengthen core muscles. Simply throw the ball to your partner’s abdominal area particularly avoiding to hit the solar plexus and the groin areas. Sparring partner will then, throw back the ball into your gut area.
5. Aim to do drills with numbered combinations. Simply assign a number to a particular Muay Thai attack, kicking and non-kicking then, allow your partner to call number combos at random while holding the kick pads. This will help generate power combinations and increase cognitive retention during a game.
6. Do cat-and-mouse drill with a sparring partner in the ring. This helps to enhance footwork and proper body positioning. Here, you as the cat will try to catch your partner (the mouse) by trapping him against the corner of the ropes. Switch roles after each round. Here, the mouse will make do with footwork and proper positioning so as not to get trapped.
7. Do a Chuck Norris or a roundhouse knockout drill with a free-standing heavy bag.
Simply use as much power on your roundhouse kick to knock the bag down. Do as many kicks as you can until reaching your saturation point.
8. Do a push kick or teep balance drill. This allows you ample space to go deflect an attack and deliver a counter-strike. Throw a strong front kick to a heavy bag or a partner holding kickpads aiming to push the “opponent” as far as possible. Practice until you will no longer move against the bag or your partner but the other way around.
9. Do range drills with a sparring partner or a heavy bag. Throw and land kicks at a comfortable position. Shuffle back with one foot and then, get back and deliver a power combination. Shuffle back again, and so on. This improves agility and enhance combination techniques.
10. Create your own shadow kicking routine. This one is so awesome as you can do it without a partner, a bag or kick pad– and can be virtually done anywhere. To do this, simply do the following drills in 3 sets of 12 reps: forward straight-heel kick, forward shovel kick, side kick, low side kick, low toe kick, groin-in-toe kick, medium hook kick, high hook kick, and spinning back-hook kicks.
Do these Muay Thai kicking drills as often as you can. Combine them with resistance training, some roadwork drills and regular sparring. Like everything else, Muay Thai requires consistency and constancy– and putting your comfort zone to the test. Each day, aim to lift your kicking technique a notch higher by increasing power and accuracy. Focus is also important so keep your eyes and mind where you’re at.