How to do a Roundhouse Kick
The Roundhouse Kick. No, it is not as fancy as it may sound but it’s one hell of an offensive weapon in fighting.
There are lots of Chuck Norris Roundhouse Kick jokes going around especially on the web and many would get a kick out it (pun intended). Yet, I am pretty sure many think of the roundhouse kick as a fancy type of spinning kick. Surprisingly, even people who have been following martial arts and MMA matches would still confuse a roundhouse kick with something else.
Let’s get everything straight, talk all about the roundhouse kick and how it’s done.
A roundhouse kick is typically a momentum kick in which the leg is swung in a curved motion along with the rotation of the hips and torso. The balls of the non-kicking foot can also pivot towards the direction of the roundhouse kick for balance and additional momentum.
The commonly accepted striking surface is the shin or the instep. Traditionally in Karate, the balls of the kicking foot of the roundhouse kick is the most favored striking point because it was deemed more destructive. However, the risk of injury to the foot is also higher. As time went by, the instep and shin became the preferred striking surface. But this is not to say that using the balls of the foot is ineffective. With tremendous conditioning, a roundhouse kick using the balls of the foot is indeed immobilizing.
The height of the roundhouse kick can be low (leg kick), middle (45 degree kick), or high (head roundhouse kick). All can be devastating which is capable of breaking ribs and producing sensational knockouts even when blocked.
The roundhouse kick is a staple weapon in striking martial arts. In Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and MMA, the roundhouse kick have made sensational knockouts that can make your jaw drop in awe. As a point fighting sport, the taekwondo roundhouse kick is often seen performed in many ways – e.g. jumping, spinning, tornado kicks, and so on. The sport requires the kick to be much quicker and more devious.
Other names of the Roundhouse Kick:
- Hook Kick (Jeet Kune Do)
- Mawashi Geri (Karate)
- Angle Kick (Muay Thai)
- Rising Kick (Muay Thai Head Roundhouse Kick)
- fouetté (Savate)
- Round Kick
- Fast Kick (Taekwondo Lead Leg Kick)
Fighters known for their destructive roundhouse kick:
- Peter Aerts
- Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović
- Buakaw Por. Pramuk
- Thiago Alves
- Jean Claude Van Damme (Sorry, can't help it)
Kickboxing / Muay Thai Roundhouse Kick
KungFu Roundhouse Kick
Taekwondo Roundhouse Kick
Karate Roundhouse Kick