There are several types of kicks in Muay Thai which are known as the push kick - the straight kick - the thrust kick and the round house kick. The push -straight and thrust kicks are usually directed in a linear fashion and often used as a defensive maneuver while the round kick is usually directed in a circular fashion and mostly used as Muay Thai's offensive maneuver.
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One of the Thai Fighters most feared weapons is the powerful roundhouse kick, unlike most martial which use kicks, tend to use the foot as the attacking weapon, however the Thai roundhouse kick use the whole shin bone as its offensive weapon. When the kick is launched at the opponent, the whole hip is pivoted, like a rubber band throwing the whole leg with speed that if completed correctly and makes contact, can break a forearm or shin bone.
If the kick is aimed at the thigh and hits the sciatic nerve, it can cause temporary paralysis for a few moments to the opponents leg, making him unable to stand or walk. The Thai's rightly state that; "The foot though a weapon in its self, can easily be damaged because of the small bones that make up the foot, but the shin is a large and powerful bone, and when conditioned can become as hard as wood."
Artwork by C. Heyliger 2000
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