Do you know why many newbies want to learn the Muay Thai roundhouse kick technique? Not that it’s so easy to learn though. Considered to be one of the most vicious and damaging attacks in Muay Thai, the roundhouse kick technique is also one of the most challenging technique to train with. It requires the perfect combination of strength, balance, agility, and flexibility– a combination of all these aspects makes this technique work to your advantage.
Like a ballerina and a Shaolin monk, mixed with a vengeance, the gracefulness of a Muay Thai fighter’s roundhouse kick is evident in every sinewy movement of his or her overall bodily muscles. One cannot help but get entranced when a fighter seems to shoot up only to come out with an outstretched leg delivering optimal damage to an opponent. But how does one make a near-perfect Muay Thai roundhouse kick? And is it really as powerful as it seems to be?
To get you started, here are some tips how:
1. A roundhouse kick predominantly make use of full body motion. Using the rotation of the body, kicking viciously to an opponent delivers a debilitating force through transfer of weight and solid ground stance. Unlike other martial arts discipline that make use of the snapping motion, a strong roundhouse kick starts with a strong stance connected to ground stability. Feet must be in a 45-degree angle with an upright body with your stance’s weight stressed more to the rear leg while the ball of the feet on both lead and rear foot handle the counter-weight. This way, one can easily defy gravity when lifting the body and in pivoting to a more strategic position, with more force concentrated to the kicking foot’s ball.
2. As you begin moving around your enemy, pivot your left leg on the foot’s ball and open your right hip. Skip stepping while maintaining 45-degree angle each time will help harness more power to your stance. Speed during skip-stepping is of utmost importance as kick sequence can take time. Every unnecessary movement you take will only give your opponent an opening or allow him time to adjust or to counter your move. When you pivot, it is important to come up via the ball of the foot to maximize speed generation.
3. As you open the hips and swing the right leg, move your rear knee in a position that’s leaning toward the opponent when you pivot. To generate more power and torque, rotate the heel towards the opponent as you pivot the left foot while slightly bending your left leg’s front knee. While doing so, the right hip must do full rotation over your left hip side as you lift and swing your whole body towards the opponent. Parallel position must be observed between your kicking hip and the hip of the left leg. This way your kicking hip accumulate power as you release its full force.
4. Another way to gain momentum and power is to flog a hand right at the kicking leg’s side. This, however, may leave a fighter’s head open for a counter-strike. To ensure protection, keep the other hand near your chin.
5. To maximize impact, do remember to keep the kicking leg straight, connect it to the shin and swing as if striking a home run in baseball. As soon as you make contact, bring back the leg to its initial position– in a lightning quick manner. Lagging behind will only make you vulnerable to a counter-strike.
6. Do take note that the above Muay Thai roundhouse kick technique is for right-handed individuals. Just reverse for a left-handed fighter. To give you a more detailed idea, here’s an excellent video tutorial.
Overall, training to perform the Muay Thai roundhouse kick technique requires a lot of focus and dedication. You need to perfect your stance as well as improve agility and flexibility. So kick hard. Do it fast. Then, move. Be fast as lightning when moving, and be firm as a thunderbolt upon impact.