Taekwondo frontkick 'the first kick you learn...
...the last kick you master!'
Frontkick is the first kick you learn. Right?
And when you see a taekwondo master do it. It seems soooo simple.
But the fact is...
To achieve a powerful and penetrating front kick is tough. And it takes a while!
But we all begin somewhere. So here's some help to start you on your journey towards taekwondo front-kick perfection.
If you're a taekwondo beginner here's the basics of taekwondo front kick
First up the Korean name for taekwondo front kick is Ap Chagi.
Your target should be straight in front of you.
First lift your knee towards the target. Then drive your foot out towards the target by straightening your knee.
Then bend your knee to bring your foot back. Before placing your foot to the ground.
Just so you're clear...
Your knee bends. Then straightens. And then bends again.
Got that? Here's more detail
Your foot position is very important for an effective tkd frontkick. You're aiming to strike through the target with the ball of your foot.
To get this right try pointing your toes like a ballerina. Then pull your toes back while leaving your ankle in the same position. So your foot is extended but your toes are back.
It might take you a while to build up the strength in your foot to do this. You can try practicing while you watch TV.
Try to achieve this foot position as early as possible in the kick. Ideally by the time your knee is chambered your foot is in the right position.
To get more power in the kick you need to use your hips. Your taekwondo front kick should penetrate forwards into the target. And to do this with power you need to drive your hip forwards into the kick.
But not so much that you end up leaning backwards.
Your standing foot needs to rotate. This helps you to use your hip properly. As your kicking leg comes through allow your standing foot to naturally turn outwards about 45 degrees.
Keep your knee up through the kick. It's important that your knee doesn't drop down until your foot has come back.
Posture and core strength are important. Try if you can to keep your body upright. And allow the kick to happen independently of your body. It's great if you can keep your abs tight and your shoulders relaxed.
And if you're struggling? Try building strength by doing slow frontkicks. There's lots of detail in these core strengthening exercises.
How high should your taekwondo kicks go?
No doubt you've seen incredible pictures of frontkicks high above a player's head.
It looks amazing. And you might feel a bit demoralized. Like you'll never make that.
Don't worry. The fact is...
A high taekwondo kick into the air above your head won't save your life.
But a powerful front kick to an attackers groin just might.
We think you should concentrate on good technique.
And enjoy your taekwondo kicks as they are.
Height will come.
What's your taekwondo frontkick for?
As we've already mentioned your tkd front kick should have power going forwards.
So the ball of your foot strikes the target. And then penetrates into it.
It's also a fast kick because it goes up and forwards in a pretty direct line - there's no a large arc on the way.
So in a self-defense situation you could do a front-kick to your attacker's groin or solar plexus with devastating effect!
And in wft sparring, front kicks to the face are now more popular. Again because of their speed.
You'll do a lot of front-kicks in taekwondo poomse. You can see this as a chance to show technique, power and style.
And at some stage...
You'll try a frontkick break.
It's a great test of your technique.
You can have a great looking front kick. And it might even be head height.
But if you don't generate that power going forwards.
The board will stand firm!