Stretch Kick – Martial Arts
This page provides details on how to do a martial arts stretch kick. While a stretch kick is a very basic kick, it is useful for stretching situations and as a component to other kicks such as the axe kick. There are two versions of this kick that offer slightly different stretches: front leg stretch kick and rear leg stretch kick.
ll stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. For more instructions on different martial arts kicks, please visit our main kicking techniques page.
Instructions for a Stretch Kick
- Make sure that you stretch your hamstrings and calves before attempting this kick because it is easy to pull a hamstring.
- Swing your kicking leg as high as you can. Do not bend your kicking leg knee. The kick is more about using your body’s core muscles than the leg muscles.
- When performing the front leg stretch kick, try to re-place your foot where it started in front of your body, preferably back in your kicking stance so you can continue to perform the same kick without resetting.
- When performing the back leg stretch kick, try to re-place your foot behind your body in your kicking stance.
Instructional Video for the Rear Leg Stretch Kick
Instructional Video for the Front Leg Stretch Kick