Martial Arts Front Kick (Instep)
This page provides details on how to do a martial arts front kick that strikes the target with the instep of the foot (top of foot). While a front kick is a very basic kick, it is useful for self-defense situations such as kicking an attacker in the groin.
For more instructions on different martial arts kicks, please visit our main kicking techniques page.
- Raise your knee
- Thrust your foot forward
- Hit the target with the instep of your foot (where the laces would be on your shoes)
- Make sure your toes are bent downwards (away from target) as it is easy to break your toes with a misplaced kick
- Quickly withdraw your leg (to avoid being grabbed) and move back into a fighting position
- Target examples – Front kick to an attacker’s groin, front kick from the side against a bent over attacker’s stomach or head, etc.
Instructional Video for a Taekwondo Front Kick (Instep & Ball of Foot)
Instructional Video for a Krav Maga Front Instep Kick
Instructional Video for a Karate Kin Geri (Groin Kick)