Compared to other martial arts, taekwondo stands out in its unique kicking style. Some of them involve kicks at different heights such as jump kicks, spin kicks, and many more. For this reason, we will go over some of the different kicks you will learn once you enrol here at Master Myung’s Taekwondo Academy.
Front kick (앞 차기, ‘AP CHAGI’)
Commonly known as ‘snap kick,’ this move requires tremendous speed. Additionally, this is one of the first kicks taught in Taekwondo but is often considered as one of the most powerful even at higher levels. This is performed by raising the knee to the waist, then using force by exerting your foot forward, straight towards the target. This is especially great in pushing the target back, as well as injuring them in the process.
Sidekick (옆 차기, ‘YEOP CHAGI’)
The sidekick is another move that is learned relatively early but is very powerful and has different uses depending on the situation. It can be done by raising the knee while rotating your body by 90 degrees, then exerting force by extending your leg. In this technique, try to use the momentum of your waist and torso to connect with the target.
Roundhouse kick (돌려 차기, ‘DOLLYEO CHAGI’)
The infamous Roundhouse kick is one of the most popular moves that are shown throughout movies and shows alike. This kick is achieved by performing by turning your hips, extending your leg and impacting the target with either the ball of your foot or with the instep of the foot.
Back kick (뒷 차기, ‘DWIT CHAGI’)
The back kick, on the other hand, is more advanced but is highly effective in pushing your opponent back and even hurting them in the process. As the name suggests, you start by facing away from your opponent and kicking them with your heel. On the contrary, if not done properly, you can easily lose the crucial balance to make contact with your opponent or even become vulnerable to being hurt.
Reverse sidekick (반대 옆 차기, ‘BANDAE YEOP CHAGI’)
Basically, the reverse sidekick is an exaggerated version of the back kick. However, the difference between them is that this kick carries more power from the extra momentum because you will turn further than they would with the back kick. Keep in mind that this kick also requires tremendous practice in order to remain fully balanced during the manoeuvre.
Inner/outer crescent kick (‘AN CHAGI / BAKKAT CHAGI’)
Remember, the Crescent kick comes in two variations: the inner and the outer. In this technique, they both start off by raising your kicking leg as high against your body as possible and extending it. You must place it slightly across the centerline of your body to make it effective. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- For the outer kick, you need to sweep outwards from the centerline in order to connect with the target.
- On the contrary, if it is an inside kick, you need to sweep towards the inside of the centerline to connect with the target.