Types of Kicks

Interested in learning more about the different types of kicks? Then keep reading because we’ll be breaking it down for you. Kicking is an important physical activity, a skill needed in several sports, and there’s a lot more to kicking than you what you may think and a whole lot of types as well.

While soccer players need to kick fast and accurately, which they learn as part of their essential soccer training, martial artists see a need to kick fast and high while facing an opponent. As you can imagine, kicking, in sports, involves more than just the gesture you make with your legs.

Now that you know that kicking is an elemental ability for professional athletes, it’s time to get to know more about the different types of kicks and how you can achieve this skill. Check out below different types of kicks in different sports and start practicing like a real pro.

Types of Kicks

Martial Arts Kicks

Types of Kicks: Martial Arts Kicks

Front Kick

The front kick involves tremendous speed; it is also known as a snap kick. It is among the basic kicks taught in Taekwondo and is often considered one of the most powerful. It is executed by raising the knee of your kicking leg to the waist, then exerting force by exerting your foot forward, straight towards the target.
With a front kick, you can either push your opponent or exert an injury.

Side Kick

This powerful kick results from raising the knee while also rotating your body by 90 degrees, then exerting force by extending your leg. You can connect harder with your target, being supported by your waist and torso.

Roundhouse kick

This kick is done by performing a pivot on the leg that is not kicking by turning your hips.
First, you need to get into a standing position and move your left shoulder towards the opponent. Bring your right knee up and out to the side, pivoting on your left foot. Then snap your right foot out, striking with the same foot.

The Back Kick

As the name suggests, you would perform the kick by setting it away from the target. If it isn’t performed correctly, you can easily lose your balance and even fall over. As you can imagine, this type of kick is more advanced.

Axe Kick

The Axe kick is a relatively modern trend in competitive martial arts competitions. You do it by raising your leg high towards the target, starting from outside the centerline. Once you have performed the upwards kick as high as possible (imagine an ax being swung), you exert downward force with this leg and keeping the heel of the foot pointed downwards.
You are looking to impact your opponent’s torso, including the head, shoulders, and collar bone.

The Reverse Side Kick

This is also viewed as an exaggerated version of the back kick. The main difference is that this kick carries more power from the extra momentum because the practitioner turns further than they would with the back kick. This type of kick needs serious practice to remain fully balanced while performing it.

Taekwondo Kicks

Types of Kicks: Taekwondo Kicks

Taekwondo Kicks include kicks at different heights, jump kicks, spin kicks, and combinations of these. In Korean, kicks are translated to chagi. There are numerous kicks in Taekwondo; depending on the situation, they go from self-defense to competitions kicks. Check out the most common ones.

Aerial Kick

They include flips and somersaults and are considered extreme kicks, mainly used for entertainment. They include numerous kicks, not all of which are official, that allow you to kick high in the air.

Drop Kick

As the name indicated, these are kicks performed while dropping your body to the floor with one or both hands on the floor.

Flick Kick

During the flick kick, the foot is flicked upwards to the knee or groin area.

Hopping Kick

With a hopping kick, the body hops but only a slight jump, allowing the feet to leave the floor just enough for the body to move. The hop enables you to cover a relatively small distance quickly.

Jump Kick

Jumps add height to any kick, and all kicks can have a jump added to the execution when you wish to.

Jump Spin Kick

This type of kick requires major practice and ability; it is often taught in higher sports. The maneuver involved both spins and jumped to achieve both height and power to the kick. In a jump-spin kick, you spin, jump and kick, but you tuck the non-kicking leg. These are usually defensive kicks that should only be used as a jump-spin.

Rising Kick

A rising kick is done by swinging the leg upwards and then downwards. It is not always a mighty kick and is often used to check or jam, then attack. The rising kick can also be called a half-moon kick, bob kick, or bubble kick.

Snap Kick

This is considered among the main kicks in Taekwondo. Snap kicks are quick, and the foot goes towards the target in the shape of an arc, then returns just as quickly into a position where the knee is fully bent. As you can imagine, this type of kick involves major skills.
The knee is a guide for the foot because it must be turned and lifted to make the foot strike the target surface at a 90-degree angle. It is required that the foot snap out and back quickly to get more stability and power. Move the hips towards the target, then back slightly, and harmonize with the kicking foot’s movement.

Types of Kicks – Soccer Kicks

Types of Kicks: soccer kicks

Back Heel Kick

This kick is when the player steps up to the ball and poking it to another teammate by using the back heel.

Bicycle Kick

This where you can see the player making a pass either to make a goal or to another player while kicking the ball over his head.

Direct Free Kick

This is a kick given to a stationary soccer ball at the point of the foul.

Inner Side of Instep Kick

When the kicker runs up to the ball at a 45-degree angle, it kicks it with the right angle and enough force to get it to the target.

Instep Kick

This kick is mainly used for shooting and never used to pass the ball. It is when players use their laces to kick.

Outside Kick

This kick requires the outside part of your shoe and is only used to pass the ball to a teammate.

Penalty Kick

This is a type of direct free-kick, and it can result in players scoring a goal.

Check out a few tips on how to kick a soccer ball:

  • Set up the kick: Lean the ball slightly towards you while placing it on the tee; this will make the ball go higher.
  • Focus and visualize: In soccer, an aimless kick will not work; you need to kick the ball and visualize where you want it to go.
  • Start your approach: Good kicks often begin from a comfortable distance; a player usually takes a few steps towards the ball and runs in a slight curve.
  • Firmly plant your nonkicking leg to get more force: Try not to move or shift your supporting foot and root it to the ground.
  • Find your range: Only by practicing you’ll know if you are the type of kicker to hit the ball a foot away from it or a little further away.

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