The Muay Thai body kick is one of the most challenging strikes to master in the sport, second only to the head kick, which relies on having excellent flexibility, and even more balance.
The body kick is rotational in nature, making it more difficult to learn for beginners than other strikes like teeps, or knees.
Turning your hips over properly while executing the Muay Thai body kick is tricky even for those with elite athletic experience in other sports.
Some common ways the body kick is used is as a counter for an opponent advancing or throwing it after a punch combination that gets the opponent’s guard up.
If a fighter is not blocking a body kick with their shin, which often a preferred method, they will take the kick on the arms, which still can do damage to the fighter, as a shin bone is much larger and more conditioned than the forearm bones.
While kicking an opponent’s body is preferred, kicking the arms of the guard can be an effective way to slow an opponent and affect their punches without risking striking the elbow of the closed guard of your opponent.
If a fighter does effectively and powerfully land an offensive or counter strike of the body kick to the bare ribs of an opponent, it scores big in Muay Thai.
In this Muay Thai body kick tutorial Coach Roxy and Coach Nathan that will help you to fine-tune this fundamental strike.
- Correct starting foot position (stance and footwork)
- The kick pivot
- The direction of the planted heel in the pivot
- Using the hand swipe to increase speed and rotation
Other factors in executing the Muay Thai body kick like balance, speed, timing, etc. will be addressed in future videos.