MASTERCLASS | FRONT KICK | by Orjan Pettersen
Each week MASTERCLASS gives you brief but key information on how to optimise a simple Krav Maga strike or technique.
A front kick is a primary striking choice as it’s the longest range option available to you, when you’re aware of (facing) a threat. Therefore, practice it extensively.
Optimise the strike by:
Make a very short step (skip) if you need to close the range to the target. This is least telegraphic and most surprising, minimising the time it takes to release body weight off the kicking leg in readiness to move fast.
Either lift knee high and close to you to extend the foot/lower leg forward towards target, or; kick in an upward ‘whipping motion’ from below. The latter is less visible and also doubles up as a groin kick if the target moves closer mid-motion.
Connect with the ball of the foot (smaller surface for better energy transmission) around centre-mass (abdomen) and aim to kick through the target by extending the leg, immediately followed by a quick recoil.
Bring the kicking leg back without lowering knee, before landing. The landing is a tactical decision. Forward for further strikes, other directions (e.g. by pivoting around on base leg) for running away or dealing with other threats. Bring base leg with you to land in a natural, balanced position.
Keep your hands up and in front of you throughout the kick, making them available to follow up with strikes or to protect head and upper body defensively.
Breathe out as you strike.