Head kick setups are necessary to punch home that elusive head kick KO that every nak muay dreams of landing.
4 HEAD KICK COMBINATIONS FOR MAXIMUM DESTRUCTION
Everyone dreams of landing a head kick in the biggest fight of their lives, when it matters the most. But connecting flush with thunderous power is elusive and hard-to-achieve. Today, we have the formula for it.
The head kick is one of the most difficult techniques to land for a number of reasons.
- First, it requires flexibility and dexterity. Lifting your foot to someone’s head is not easy.
- Next, your foot is asked to cover a tremendous amount of distance (your foot to your opponent’s head), more distance than any other strike.
- Lastly, head kicks can be a slow strike because of the first and second points.
However, you do not need to be Mirko Cro Cop in order to land head kicks. With the right setup, anything is possible. Let’s look at some head kick setups in the Evolve MMA video below and I’ll break them down further after the break.
HEAD KICK SETUPS ARE ALL ABOUT DISRUPTING BALANCE
All of the combinations in the above video follow a very basic principle: strike when your opponent’s balance is compromised. If you’re stumbling around to find your footing, it’s unlikely that you will be able to defend against anything. You can’t even stand, so how could you block, right? Let’s review how these setups disrupt balance and prepare your opponent to receive
SETUP #1: (jab -> cross -> cross-block -> head kick) Your opponent’s kick retraction is when their balance is temporarily compromised; therefore, you need to train yourself to check properly so you can react quickly.
SETUP #2: (jab -> inside leg kick -> head kick) Your inside leg kick is what shakes and wobbles your opponent.
SETUP #3: (parry -> head kick) By violently throwing your opponent’s leg out of the way, you can break their balance and land the head kick.
SETUP #4: (jab -> cross -> step back -> head kick) The idea here is the same as in the first combination. You’re utilizing your opponent’s miss and the kick retraction as an opportunity to counter.
This simple principle of breaking your opponent’s balance is an incredibly powerful one. Not only will you get spectacular results, but there are endless ways to off-balance your opponent. A push, a pull, a trip, a miss, a parry… The list goes on.
That’s the formula.
- Evan is a gourmand of combat sports from Taiwan. He appreciates the beauty of Muay Thai movement and all other movements. He's got no rudder so if the winds blow northerly, he goes north. His goal is to achieve and appreciate.