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. The body kick is rotational in nature, making it challenging to learn, as turning your hips over properly is tricky ever 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 the preferred method, they will often take the kick to 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.
If a fighter does effectively and powerfully land an offensive or counter strike of the body kick to the bare ribs of an opponent, this type of attack scores big in Muay Thai.
Here are some simple tips for the Muay Thai body kick that will help you to start perfecting the strike. Other factors in executing the body kick like balance, speed, timing, etc. will be addressed in future videos. Thanks for watching! 🙂