The Low Kick

The low  straight -push - thrust and roundhouse kicks are exceptions to this rule. There are many flying kicks in Muay Thai, however, they are not used as often as the other kicks because such maneuvers places the element of risk to the Muay Thai fighter in terms of balance especially when one's opponent is on his or her best guard. 

    The fighter executes a low right  kick using the shin bone aimed at the back of the thighs of the opponents leg.

While in a clinch the fighter executes a low right kick using the shin bone aimed at the upper inside thigh  of the opponents left leg. As the opponent steps forward and attempts a right punch, the fighter launches a left  low kick using the shin bone aimed at the upper inside  thigh of the opponents left leg.
A low right roundhouse kick using the shin bone,  is aimed at the stomach or lower ribs of the opponent. A low right side front push kick using the flat of the foot  is aimed at the stomach of the opponent. A low right  front push kick using the ball of the foot  is aimed at the solar plexus or stomach of the opponent.
A high right side front push kick using the flat or heel of the foot  is aimed at the solar plexus or chest of the opponent.

It is preferable to make good use of the low push - straight and thrust kicks  and low round kicks because they do not sacrifice too much balance nor energy,  and, repeated attacks using the low round kicks to the opponent's legs can lead to the inability of the opponent to stand or fight using his or her legs.

  There is an elevating maneuver in which one leg is used to step upon one of the opponent's thighs acting as the elevating support while the other leg  executes a round kick. Sometimes, one hand is used for grabbing the opponent's neck or shoulder so that balance is maintained during execution. 

Artwork by C. Heyliger 2000

     

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