Kicks are an important aspect of most martial arts. But how do you increase your kicking power?
There are several ways you can improve your kicking power, starting from getting your technique straight and doing some repetitions, to doing strength training to get more power to your kicks.
Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Karate for example are known for their kicks, especially the first two. A lot of martial art does teach kicks overall, but in this post, we go through different ways you can increase your kicking power.
Let’s get started!
1. Get your technique straight
First and foremost, kicking with power comes down to a proper technique.
If your technique is not correct and practiced enough, it can be really difficult to throw a powerful kick, even if you are all really strong.
Therefore, get your technique right and try to practice it as much as possible.
Depending on the martial art you are practicing, there could be several different kinds of kicks.
Practice makes perfect applies here as well. The more you do repetitions with the right technique, the stronger and more technically correct your kicks will become.
The next thing after getting your technique straight is to add some explosiveness to those kicks.
When your kicks are more “explosive”, you can perform them faster and smoother.
Doing some training that includes explosive movements, such as burpees or jumping ropes can really help you out here.
This is also similar to the speed of your kicks, and how to improve your kick speed.
The faster you can kick with proper technique and enough strength, the best you will perform.
It does not matter how strong you are, if your kicks are not fast and explosive enough, your opponents will see them coming a mile away. Work on your speed.
3. Strenght training
Last but not least, strength also plays a big role when it comes to kicking power.
If your technique is in order and you have enough speed on your kicks, but not enough strength behind them, they might not make a difference.
But how to get more strength to your kicks?
As you might know, you are mostly using your leg muscles to do kicks. On top of that, good core strength will help you, especially if you have to turn during the kick.
Leg extensions for example resemble the movement of a basic kicking movement, which will make the muscles responsible stronger. That is a good place to start.
On a bigger scale, doing larger leg exercises such as squats or leg presses can also have a great impact.
How to kick harder?
In order to kick harder, or with more strength behind it, you have to have your technique in order as well as enough strength behind the kick.
If you have not practiced any martial arts yet, starting one with kicks such as Muay Thai, Kickboxing or MMA could be a good place to start.
After that, working out your strength, especially your legs and core muscles can really help you to get more force behind those kicks.
How to kick faster?
To kick faster, you should practice your technique as well as your explosiveness.
Doing a lot of repetitions and working your technique can make a huge difference in kicking speeds.
On top of that, basic moves such as burpees or jumping ropes can help you to build that explosiveness that can be connected to kicking speed and to help you kick faster.
In conclusion, powerful kicks come down to three pillars:
If you can figure out where you are lacking, it’s much easier to improve your kicking speed.
If you have not practiced martial arts at a proper gym with a proper instructor, that might be a good place to start and get your technique straight.
On top of that, doing a lot of repetitions and explosive moves can help you build up speed to your kicks.
Lastly, leg and core strength training can help you get more force behind your kicks and make them a lot more powerful.
Here is a post about how to increase punching power.
Hopefully, this was helpful, have a nice day!