Muay Thai low kick is one most effective weapons in Thai boxer's arsenal. Leg kicks serve many purposes in the ring from wearing down your opponent with constant kicks to the leg to throwing him on the ground with a sweep. In this post I will share with you a few tips on how to throw an effective low kick and also how to defend yourself from getting tagged with a leg kick.
Leg kicks can slow down your opponent and make him more tired which each consecutive round. It may not look like this at the beginning of the fight but the accumulated leg injuries will take its toll in the latter rounds. It is especially important to do so when you are fighting a fast and agile opponent and that can to circle around you and strike from different angles without engaging in a short distance exchange.
Throwing a low kick is a moderately safe way of engaging your opponent from a distance. You can strike from a distance without opening your guard or getting into an exchange. If you still have doubts about the effectiveness of Muay Thai leg kick then watch this classic fight between American kickboxing champion and professional Muay Thai fighter. Thai fighter has totally destroyed the champ using leg kicks ONLY:
Check out more combinations that utilize low kicks: Muay Thai combinations
'Checking' a leg kick is the most effective way to defend yourself against low kicks. It not only allows you to absorb it with your shin but it also gives you an opportunity to damage your opponent's leg with your tough shin bone or your knee. It may even end the fight instantly when the attacker suffers a massive damage to his leg. An MMA fight between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva instantly comes to mind:
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Muay Thai low kick