List of Low Kicks – Martial Arts
This page provides details on martial arts low kicks. Low kicks are generally used to target areas below the waist. Low kick targets include the knee, ankle, calf, foot, etc.
Low kicks are frequently used in self-defense situations and full contact sparring matches (i.e. Mixed Martial Arts) because they are harder to block or grab. An opponent has a better chance to block or grab a high kick because it comes in range of their hands and arms. If an opponent can not evade a low kick, they may attempt to block a low kick with a shin block, cut kick, etc.
Many different martial arts kicks can be considered low kicks if they are aimed below the waist. However, listed below are some of the common low kicks used by martial artists. For information on other kicking techniques (i.e. spinning hook kick or axe kick), please visit the main Martial Arts Kicking Techniques section. Students should only practice martial arts kicking techniques under the supervision of a trained martial arts instructor.
Martial Arts Low Kicks – The kicks listed below include videos, instructions, etc.
- Calf Kick
- Low Front Kick – Kick to the groin, etc.
- Groin Kick
- Karate’s Kansetsu Geri – This kick is also known as the “knee joint kick”, “dislocation kick”, etc.
- Low Push Kick – Kick to knee
- Low Roundhouse kick – Kick to side of knee, calf, etc.
- Low Side Kick – Kick to knee
- Stomp Kick – Stomp on an opponent’s foot, scrape down the shin, etc.
- Sweep Kick – Kick to sweep an opponent off their feet
- Scoop/Oblique Kick – Kick to knee
- Shin Kick – A well-known Muay Thai kick
- Low Toe Kick
Low Kick Tutorial Videos