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Not all muay thai round kicks are created equal. There are obvious differences in the speed, fluidity and power of top rank muay thai pros and journeyman fighters. Not only are their kicks more efficient and aesthetically pleasing, they are also far more effective in the crucible of combat.



In an earlier article, I went over some concepts to improve your round kick. Muscle elasticity, balance, weight transfer, follow through, and timing are all important elements which determine the power and effectiveness of your round kick.

Let’s have a look at some clips of a few muay thai legends known for their kicking prowess to see how to see how these concepts apply to their technique. We’ll then compare their kicks with a couple up and coming MMA fighters. Lastly, enjoy a few laughs at the expense McDojo instructors and reality TV stars.

Read more here:
http://muaythaianalyst.com/2015/02/round-kicks-good-bad-fugly/










 

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I really enjoyed this. Kicking as an art form piques my interest. It's my main weapon, cuz even if you block it does major damage!

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Really informative and fun article. Loved the hall of rogues breakdown as well. Showing the bad also helps understanding the good.

Here's an open question for anyone to tackle. I've recently been touring gyms in Hong Kong as I've just moved here, and am looking for a good one. The last one I went to the instructor said to get a stronger kick, that I should only extend my leg, that is straighten it, either right before contact or even after contact. In effect as late as possible so that your sort of pushing or driving through after contact is made. It's lot harder, more painful on contact, and requires more strength.

I was always been taught (and am comfortable with), swinging my leg as one unit as much as possible, rather than hinged on two parts. The article seems to agree with this philosophy.

Anyone heard about delaying the straightening of the leg? I imagine it would be good for kicking in closer range, when kick get muffled. I saw a Buakwaw KO where he basically kneed the guy with what was clearly intended as a kick but was in close range.
 
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