Tae Kwon Do Kicks – Front Kick pt. 3: How to use the Front Push Kick in your TKD Kickboxing

Tae Kwon Do Kicks – Front Kick pt. 3: How to use the Front Push Kick in your TKD Kickboxing

So far in TKD kickboxing and Tae Kwon Do Kicks, we have covered 2 variations of the front snap kick. We are changing pace to cover the front push kick. The Front Push Kick is a very versatile kick and is a great compliment to other techniques in your Tae Kwon Do Kicks. It is less used in Tae Kwon Do Sparring, and more frequently used in styles like Muai Thai or Mixed Martial Arts. However, the front push kick is a great attack for creating space, knocking an opponent off balance (or on the ground), or stopping them dead in their tracks.

Let’s get into a breakdown in the difference between these two Tae Kwon Do Kicks:

  • The front snap kick may use the ball of the foot, or the top of the foot. After you chamber the kick (raise the bent knee), you extend in a straight upward motion striking your target. Targets for this Tae Kwon Do kick using the top of the foot include the groin and a bent over opponent. Targets for the front snap kick using the ball of the foot include legs, body and head.

  • The front push kick is executed in a pushing, thrusting, or stomping motion. After you raise your knee high up, you extend your foot out in a forward motion. The front push kick only uses the bottom of the foot. You may use the ball of the foot, or the entire bottom of the foot. Either of these Tae Kwon Do kicks will work. Advantages to using the ball of the foot include creating a more concentrated point of impact. Using the ball of the foot also adds a few extra inches of reach for a more deeply penetrating strike. Using the entire bottom of the foot allows you to strike a larger area, and reduces the chances of missing your target, though at the expense of the advantages listed previously.

The front snap kick is a very viable kick which can be used in mixed martial arts, kickboxing, and self defense. In TKD sparring, you may not be able to use this kick often because you are kicking the unprotected part of your opponent’s face, and you may be called for a penalty. However, the front push kick variation of these Tae Kwon Do kicks may be used in almost any situation to create space, or set up an opening for another attack. If you are interested in learning these kicks for MMA, click here for more information. Or, if you are interested in training these to add to your Tae Kwon Do kicks for self defense or TKD sparring, check this link.

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