Whether you are a seasoned kickboxer or just stepping into the exciting world of combat sports, you have likely pondered this question: should I kick with my foot or my shin?
At Valour Strike, we understand the importance of technique when it comes to kickboxing, and we're here to guide you through the process.
In this blog post, we delve into the intricacies of kickboxing, breaking down five different types of kicks to help you master the art with British Kickboxing Champion Rob Zab.
The Debate: Foot vs. Shin
The distinction between a foot-based kick and a shin-based kick may not be apparent to a beginner, but the differences are significant and can heavily influence your performance in the ring.
Essentially, the type of kick you choose largely depends on the sport you engage in.
For instance, in Karate or Taekwondo, foot-based kicks are more common. However, in kickboxing, both foot and shin kicks find their place, depending on the situation.
Both have their pros and cons - while foot kicks are faster and flashier, they bear a higher risk, potentially leading to foot damage or even breaks if landed incorrectly. Shin kicks, on the other hand, are less risky and more damaging.
To optimize your performance and safety in the ring, it's crucial to choose the right kick for the right situation. Below, we explore five different types of kicks in detail.
Kick 1: Roundhouse Kick
The roundhouse kick is a versatile technique that can be delivered with both the foot and shin.
When aiming low or towards the midsection, the shin is your ideal tool. This is due to the high possibility of the opponent defending against the attack.
A foot-based kick in this scenario could lead to potential injury. If your roundhouse kick targets the head, you have the option of using your foot, considering it's unlikely for an opponent to block with their shin at that level. Besides, a foot-based kick to the head is generally faster.
Kick 2: Front Kick
The front kick or "teep" is inherently a foot-based technique - a shin-based front kick simply doesn't work. This kick is typically used to create distance between you and your opponent, though it can also serve offensive purposes.
With a front kick, the ball of your foot targets the midsection, aiming to wind your opponent, subsequently opening up opportunities for more powerful moves, like a knee strike.
Kick 3: Sidekick
Like the front kick, a sidekick is designed to maintain distance between you and your opponent, with an additional capability to inflict damage quickly.
Two variations of the sidekick include a fast strike with the ball of the foot or a forceful drive with the heel, potentially causing serious damage.
Kick 4: Spinning Back Kick
The spinning back kick, another technique delivered with the foot, is a powerful and dangerous move.
This technique involves a full body turn, adding more force to the kick. If accurately executed, it can severely damage an opponent, especially if it lands on the ribs.
Kick 5: Axe Kick
Finally, the axe kick, while not commonly used in actual fights, is a fun addition to training routines.
It requires a high level of control and flexibility, aiming to strike the opponent's head or shoulder with the heel.
The Best Kickboxing Equipment at Valour Strike
Being a successful kickboxer is not just about mastering the right techniques but also about investing in quality gear.
At Valour Strike we offer a range of high-quality boxing gloves and other combat sports sparring equipment that will help you stay safe and perform at your peak.
Our range is perfect for all UK-based fighters looking for durable and reliable gear that can withstand rigorous training sessions and intense fights.
Invest in Quality Kickboxing Gloves
A key component of your kickboxing gear is your gloves. Whether you're sparring, training, or competing, it's crucial to have gloves that offer adequate protection and flexibility.
Our Valour Strike Boxing Gloves are designed for optimal comfort and durability, ensuring your hands are well-protected while delivering those shin and foot kicks.
Don’t Forget Your Shin Guards
Just as important are shin guards, especially when you're training to deliver or receive powerful shin kicks.
Our Valour Strike Shin Guards provide superior comfort and protection, enabling you to train harder and smarter without worrying about injuries or breaking the bank.
Kickboxing is not just about power; it's about strategy, precision, and, most importantly, mastering the correct techniques.
By understanding the key differences between foot and shin kicks, and by practicing these five kickboxing techniques, you'll be well on your way to becoming a more effective and dynamic kickboxer.
For more tips, tricks, and advice on kickboxing, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Thank you for reading, and we look forward to seeing you on our mats soon!
Do you have any questions or thoughts about the foot vs shin debate in kickboxing?
Share them in the comments section below. And if you found this blog post helpful, please give it a thumbs up and share it with your fellow kickboxing enthusiasts.
Stay tuned for more informative and engaging content on kickboxing and combat sports. Until then, train hard, fight easy, and be a Valour Strike Warrior!