Front Kick Versus Push Kick

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A short introduction to Karate and Muay Thai

Since so many of us got hooked into the nostalgic bliss that is Cobra Kai last year, there has been a rise of interest in martial arts – notable Karate. Today we’re comparing the front kick and the push kick, giving you a snapshot into the techniques of just two of the many, schools of martial arts.

To the untrained eye, these two kicks might look similar, but every master or sensei knows that subtle movements can make all the difference.

The front kick is associated with Karate, and is intended as a strike. It is preformed by lifting the knee straight forward and then straightening the leg with a flick to hit the target area. This kind of kick, like the name suggests, comes from the front and hits the opponent at an upward angle. It’s perfect for moving towards a win on an offensive.

And yes, the push kick can be used offensively, but more often it is used to regain control of the space – because once you have freedom to move, you have the tools to succeed.

Push kicks (or teeps as they are sometimes known) are used in Muay Thai.  Their aim is to create distance or to push a pressuring opponent off-balance. This gives time for recovery or cuts the space, keeping you in control.

Push kick power comes from the hip and uses the ball of the foot. It’s generally a faster move and harder to defend against.

Like many martial art traditions, this kick is not intended for the face as face kicks are disrespectful, and contrary to some outsider beliefs, its not just about learning to hurt somebody at least in training.

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