"One of the first things you want to learn about throwing a proper front kick is distance," says 6X Kickboxing World Champion, Gabriel Varga. There are several elements you must be aware before you kick, one of which is maintaining balance. Without balance, you will feel that you need to rush your decision — sacrificing your power and stability.
As Gabriel describes, shifting your weight to the ball of your foot while pivoting helps to maximize your balance. Also, leaning back while you're extending your leg provides slightly more distance and power to your kick. Practice and master the essential steps listed below.
- Proper distance outside jab range
- Lift and chamber the kick
- Standing foot pivots
- Extend leg
- Strike with the ball of your foot
- Slightly lean back
- Shuffle in for a lead front kick
About The Series
The Striking Basics series is all about the fundamentals. Gabriel Varga and Hayabusa developed this series to provide value to all fitness combat practitioners. Whether you have aspirations to compete or not, this series is for you. We cover a range of techniques, such as the Jab, Cross, Hook, Breathing, kicks, and more. If you're a coach who wants to inspire students to have a stronger grasp on the fundamentals, consider sharing this series.