Advanced Taekwondo Kicks
Taekwondo Kicks - Free Video &
Taekwondo is known for its powerful kicks.
Therefore to master Taekwondo, we will help you learn all of the Taekwondo kicks below.
Each of these pages provides free video
and/or written instructions that will help you to learn these Taekwondo kicks.
If you already know the kicking basics then visit our
kicking drills and
kicking accuracy pages to
further improve your Taekwondo kicking techniques. Also visit our flexibility page
on how to achieve
higher martial arts kicks.
Basic Taekwondo Kicks
Axe Kick - A
high axe kick is useful to striking your opponent's head or
Back Kick -
The back kick is my favorite Taekwondo kick. Very
Kick - This page covers inner and outer crescent kicks.
- A front kick is useful for hitting your opponent in the groin
or doing a snap kick to the chin.
Hook or Whip
Kick - The hook kick is a deceptive kick if executed properly.
Push Kick -
The push kick is a great defensive Taekwondo kick in order to knock your opponent off
Roundhouse Kick - This
basic Taekwondo roundhouse kick is probably the most
frequently used kick in Taekwondo, esp. for sparring.
Front Foot Roundhouse Kick - This is where you use your
forward foot to execute a roundhouse kick (versus using your
Side Kick -
A Taekwondo side kick is an effective self-defense kick,
especially if it is aimed at the knee.
Kick - The butterfly kick is a great kick for demonstrations but not practical for
Twist - An advanced and more acrobatic version of the
Downward Roundhouse Kick - You will need to be very flexible
to master the downward roundhouse kick.
Back Kick - A flying back kick is a more advanced version of a jumping back kick.
Lots of fun to perform this kick.
Front Kick - This page will also help you with a "jumping
Side Kick - The flying side kick is another fun "flying" martial arts kick. Kids
love to hit a practice dummy with this flying kick.
Hopping or Step Behind Side Kick - The Taekwondo step behind
side kick is a great way to close the distance with an opponent
& land a powerful kick.
Jumping Double Roundhouse Kick - The jumping double
roundhouse kick is a very effective Taekwondo kick for sparring. Less
useful in real life.
Back Kick - A jumping back kick is a useful counter kick for sparring.
Jumping Spinning Crescent Kick
Jumping Spinning Hook Kick - I always find the Taekwondo
jumping spinning hook kick very
difficult to execute. :)
- You can not use knee strikes during Taekwondo sparring.
However, knee strikes are very effective in "real life" combat.
Knee Strike - Instead of striking your target with a
vertical knee strike, you are hitting with a lateral knee
Kick - The scissor kick allows you to strike two targets at
the same time.
Shin Kick -
In Taekwondo, you are usually taught to strike an opponent with
your instep or the top of your foot while doing a roundhouse
kick. In contrast, if you use a shin kick, you will hit an
opponent with the dense bone of your shin (versus your instep or
the top of the foot).
Spinning Crescent Kick - The Taekwondo spinning crescent
kick is a more powerful version of
the traditional crescent kick.
Spinning Hook Kick
- If done correctly, the Taekwondo spinning hook kick is a very deceptive and devastating kick.
Spinning Roundhouse Kick
- The spinning roundhouse kick is a more powerful version of the
regular roundhouse kick.
(or Jumping Spinning Roundhouse Kick)
- Here are some video instructions for a tornado kick. If used properly, this
Taekwondo kick can result in some
spectacular knockouts during sparring (see the video on this
540 Kick -
540 kicks are spectacular spinning kicks. However, be care as
you can damage your knee if you land incorrectly.
* For the Korean names for
kicks, please visit our
Names for Taekwondo