Front Kick (Instep)

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.

Most basic front kicks either hit the target with the instep or the ball of the foot. A front kick that strikes with the instep is commonly used in Taekwondo.

For more instructions on different martial arts kicks, please visit our main kicking techniques page.

Technique Instructions

  • 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)

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