The Muay Thai kick or the Muay Thai roundhouse kick is one of the most powerful and devastating kicks in martial arts. If honed and thrown correctly it can be extremely effective. Although it doesn’t look complex, this roundhouse kick is very technical and takes a lot of time to get right.
Muay Thai is one of the most effective martial arts and does not have a lot of overly complex movements, at a glance. Especially when compared to the kicking inventory of other martial arts such as Taekwondo. Muay Thai keeps things very simple, but this is why the use of this weapon is very methodical and should be respected for its efficacy when done right.
First begin with this warmup. Doing this will allow you to loosen up the specific muscles used in the roundhouse kick, which will also assist you in perfecting your form. It’s difficult to kick when your body isn’t loose and ready and you have a greater risk of injury.
Next, perform the kicking drills I cover in my series How to Muay Thai Kick. These drills are meant to be completed in a repetitive manner which will assist with your form.
By practicing this kick, you will be able to master the necessary techniques of Muay Thai. Even if you don't have much experience with martial arts, this is a great starting point because it combines movements into one simple motion. With time and practice, you'll see an improvement in your overall fighting skills.
Be sure to check out my three part series on How to Muay Thai Kick.
So whether you currently train in Muay Thai, or are looking to get into it, or just started these drills and tips can help you progress a little faster and lock in the necessary details to improve upon or maintain a strong Muay Thai kick.
I am Rad Durousseau, the owner and head instructor of Rad Muay Thai Fitness Center in Aurora Colorado. I love to share whatever I can to help whomever I can to grow through training in what I call Martial Athletics. I use functional strength training and conditioning to strengthen my martial arts and I use martial arts to compliment my S&C training in an effort to create a complete Martial Athlete and next level human being.