Setting up a leg kick is a must if you intend to land with any significance. To avoid checks and counters, set up your leg kicks just like Dejdamrong does in this video. . .
LANDING LEG KICKS REQUIRES CRAFTY TRAPS & SET UPS
The leg kick isn’t as sexy as, say, its cousin, the head kick. Nonetheless, it can finish off your opponent all the same.
The legs should, hypothetically speaking, be an easy target. They’re long and, unlike the body, there are no extra limbs in the way to prevent you from kicking them.
There are three ways to deal with the leg kick. You can…
- lift your leg to check the kick;
- move your legs out of the way, or;
- counter while eating the kick or moving away from it.
To outwit your opponent and avoid the pitfalls of the aforementioned three options, setting up a leg kick is crucial.
In the Evolve MMA video below, you’ll see how a three-time Lumpinee champion sets up a leg kick. After that, we’ll cover some important principles:
HOW TO SET UP A LEG KICK
HOW BODYWEIGHT PLAYS INTO LEG KICKS
The reason why the combination in the above video works so well is because it stifles movement. You want to put your opponent in a position where they cannot check, move or counter. That means messing with their bodyweight.
This is where you can get creative. There are two positions in which your opponent cannot check a kick:
- When most of their weight is on the leg you want to kick, or
- when most of their weight is on the other leg.
If most of their weight is on the leg you want to kick, they will not be able to lift it or lift it quickly enough. You can accomplish this as Dejdamrong demonstrated in the above video with a combination.
If most of their weight is on the other leg, they will not be able to form a strong check because they’ll be slow in pouring their bodyweight back into the checking leg. You can accomplish this by pushing your opponent.
Movement is a shifting of bodyweight. If your body shifts too far in one direction, you will fall over. Setting up leg kicks is about controlling the shifting of bodyweight to chop our opponents down and finish them.
KICKING FOR MUAY THAI by Sean “Muay Thai Guy” Fagan
- 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.