Needless to say, the Muay Thai roundhouse kick is what makes Muay Thai one of the most deadliest martial arts in the world.
However if you throw a Muay Thai kick with sloppy technique you be less efficient (which makes you more tired) and you will leave openings in your defense.
Even though the roundhouse kick is one of the most basic Muay Thai techniques you’ll first learn when you step into a gym, it takes a lifetime to perfect. I’ve been training Thai boxing over 10 years now and still know that there is plenty of room to improve my kick technique to add more power and speed to it.
Just with any type of basic or advanced Muay Thai technique, repetition is key. Professional fighters have thrown the same roundhouse kicks thousands of times to work on their technique, power and speed… you should be doing the same!
Obviously there is a lot that goes into perfecting the roundhouse kick technique so try not to overwhelm yourself by trying to learning every little aspect at once. Take one kick technique tip at a time and focus on that one the entire Muay Thai training session until you feel more comfortable with it.
Once you feel like you’ve got a feeling for that specific technique, then add one more of the tips to your technique. Eventually you’ll be able to implement all of them into one solid kick!
This picture is one of the two high kicks I can remember throwing in a fight. Typically, I love the low leg roundhouse kick because I see more openings for it and feel much more comfortable throwing it.
However I do plan on head kicking someone someday so watch out!
In the mean time, try adding these Muay Thai Kicking Drills to your routine!
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