Top 5 Kickboxing Moves For Beginners

 

Top 5 Kickboxing Moves For Beginners

Kickboxing is an amazing fitness training tool that gives you a fantastic workout. Not only does it target the muscles in your arms, back, chest, core, legs and shoulders but it also burns an average of 750 calories an hour. However, because many kickboxing moves are advanced and dynamic, executing them incorrectly can lead to serious muscle and joint injuries. That’s why in this article, I’ll be running through the top 5 basic punches and kicks that all kickboxing beginners should know.

Move 1 – The Jab

The jab is a quick and straight punch that is thrown towards the face of your opponent. You should throw a jab with your non-dominant hand and then quickly recoil for defense. If you are left-handed, you will want to perform a right handed jab. If you are right- handed, you will want to perform a left-handed jab. 

To perform a right handed jab, follow the instructions below:

  1. Stand with your right foot forward, your knees slightly bent and use your right hand (non-dominant hand) to jab.
  2. Rotate your body so that your right hip is facing forward, place your weight on your left foot and bend your arms so that your hands are in line with your chest.
  3. Take a small step forwards with your right foot, transfer the power from your legs to your arms, then extend your right arm, twist your right forearm and drill your right fist towards your opponent.
  4. As soon as the jab lands, take a small step backwards with your right foot and withdraw your right arm.

To perform a left-handed jab, follow the instructions below:

  1. Stand with your left foot forward, your knees slightly bent and use your left hand (non-dominant hand) to jab.
  2. Rotate your body so that your left hip is facing forward, place your weight on your right foot and bend your arms so that your hands are in line with your chest.
  3. Take a small step forwards with your left foot, transfer the power from your legs to your arms, then extend your left arm, twist your left forearm and drill your left fist towards your opponent.
  4. As soon as the jab lands, take a small step backwards with your left foot and withdraw your left arm.

 

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Move 2 – The Hook

The hook is similar to the jab and is best used as a surprise punch that catches your opponent off guard. It uses a curved and swinging motion to deliver maximum impact to the head, cheek or jaw of an opponent. The hook is performed with the dominant arm, so if you are left-handed, you will want to perform a left-handed hook. If you are right handed, you will want to perform a right handed hook.

To perform a left handed hook, follow the instructions below:

  1. Stand with your left foot forward, your knees slightly bent and both your arms raised to your chin.
  2. Pivot inwards on the ball of your left foot, turning your left hip, knee, shoulder and arm slightly.
  3. Extend your left arm towards your opponent and then curve your left fist in.
  4. As soon as the hook lands, pivot back to the starting position and withdraw your left arm.

To perform a right handed hook, follow the instructions below:

  1. Stand with your right foot forward, your knees slightly bent and both your arms raised to your chin.
  2. Pivot inwards on the ball of your right foot, turning your right hip, knee, shoulder and arm slightly.
  3. Extend your right arm towards your opponent and then curve your right fist in.
  4. As soon as the hook lands, pivot back to the starting position and withdraw your right arm.

 

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Move 3 – The Hook

The uppercut is a punch thrown in a hooking motion from either of your hands to your opponent’s chin. This motion begins from a low point and thrusts up. Like the jab, the uppercut is used as a surprise punch.

 

To perform a left-handed uppercut, follow the instructions below:

  1. Stand in a fighting stance with your left foot forward, your knees slightly bent and both arms raised.
  2. Squat slightly, turn in your left hip and shoulder and then thrust your left fist straight up with your knuckles facing the ceiling, making sure to drive the punch from your legs for maximum power.
  3. As soon as the uppercut lands, return to a fighting stance and withdraw your left arm. 

To perform a right handed uppercut, follow the instructions below:

  1. Stand in a fighting stance with your right foot forward, your knees slightly bent and both arms raised.
  2. Squat slightly, turn in your right hip and shoulder and then thrust your right fist straight up with your knuckles facing the ceiling, making sure to drive the punch from your legs for maximum power.
  3. As soon as the uppercut lands, return to a fighting stance and withdraw your right arm.

 

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Move 4 – The Front Kick

The front kick is a simple kick where your knee is driven up and your leg is extended forward, so that you jab your opponent with the heel of your foot. This can be achieved with either your front or back leg and targets your opponent’s chest, groin, knee, midriff or thigh.

If you are left-handed, follow the instructions below to perform a front kick with your front leg:

  1. Stand with your left foot forward and your fists by your face.
  2. Shift your weight to your right foot and then raise your left knee to your chest with your toes pointing up.
  3. Lean back, toss your hips forward and then kick straight out with your left leg.
  4. As soon as the front kick lands, return to a fighting stance and withdraw your left leg. 

If you are left-handed, follow the instructions below to perform a front kick with your back leg:

  1. Stand with your left foot forward and your fists by your face.
  2. Shift your weight to your left foot, then lean back, toss your hips forward and kick straight out with your right leg in a single smooth movement.
  3. As soon as the front kick lands, return to a fighting stance and withdraw your right leg.

If you are right handed, follow the instructions below to perform a front kick with your front leg:

  1. Stand with your right foot forward and your fists by your face.
  2. Shift your weight to your left foot and then raise your right knee to your chest with your toes pointing up.
  3. Lean back, toss your hips forward and then kick straight out with your right leg.
  4. As soon as the front kick lands, return to a fighting stance and withdraw your right leg.

If you are right handed, follow the instructions below to perform a front kick with your back leg:

  1. Stand with your right foot forward and your fists by your face.
  2. Shift your weight to your right foot, then lean back, toss your hips forward and kick straight out with your left leg in a single smooth movement.
  3. As soon as the front kick lands, return to a fighting stance and withdraw your left leg.

 

Move 5 – The Roundhouse Kick

 

The roundhouse kick is a powerful kick that takes a smooth and semicircular motion, then delivers a blow with your instep. This kick lifts your foot from the ground and directs it at the head, chest, midriff or shin of your opponent.

To perform a roundhouse kick with your left leg, follow the instructions below:

  1. Stand with your right foot forward and then bend your left knee.
  2. Rise up on the ball of your right foot and turn your toes to the right, then extend your left knee and kick with your left leg, making sure that you strike your opponent with the topside of your left foot. When performing the kick, keep your right hand at the side of your head and extend your left arm outwards in a defensive position.
  3. As soon as the roundhouse kick lands, return to your original stance and withdraw your left leg.

To perform a roundhouse kick with your right leg, follow the instructions below:

  1. Stand with your left foot forward and then bend your right knee.
  2. Rise up on the ball of your left foot and turn your toes to the left, then extend your right knee and kick with your right leg, making sure that you strike your opponent with the topside of your right foot. When performing the kick, keep your left hand at the side of your head and extend your right arm outwards in a defensive position.
  3. As soon as the roundhouse kick lands, return to your original stance and withdraw your right leg.

 

I hope this article helps you get started with kickboxing and learn the basics. Now all that’s left to do is begin practicing your kicks and punches then enroll in a kickboxing class.

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All right, guy, now we're going to go over the jab. The jab is going to be a very dominant punch. You're going to use it a lot of times to keep somebody away to close the distance. If you're a right-handed fighter, the jab is going to be with your left hand. If you're a left-handed fighter, the jab is going to be the right hand. It's pretty much the lead hand, all right. Now the mechanics with the jab in regards to the upper body with the hands, it's fairly simple. From your chin you're going to extend your arm and drill downwards, all right? So, from the chin, drill downwards. Same thing as a side guard, from the chin, drill downwards, turning that, flipping that fist over, okay?

Next thing up about the jab, the power from this punch does not come from the arms, it comes from the legs, the lower body. This is my opponent right here; I'm going to step towards him just a few inches pushing off my rear legs. This foot's going to step three inches, this foot's going to step three inches. Once I'm done with this punch, I'm back to my original stance. So it should look something like this. And right back. That's a side guard. And right back. And right back. Very important guys that this foot steps three inches, three inches, one inch, one inch. But it always comes from here. Transferring the power, push, push, push, push, push, all into your fist. Once your done, boom, comes right back. Step, boom. Step, boom. And always, always, keep the opposite hand up on your face. All right, and that's how you do a jab.

 

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I’m Kriss Brooks and I’ve been in the fitness field for many years, actually, my entire life! Fitness is my passion and fitness is my life.

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