The front snap kick is recognized as one of the most common and basic kicking techniques in martial arts, and it is used in almost every fighting style including the Taekwondo, Karate, Kickboxing and the Muay Thai. It is used by both military and law enforcement agencies alike and is a very useful technique for stunning your opponent or driving shock into an opponent’s chest, or abdomen.
A front snap kick can be performed by a beginner or anyone at all since it doesn’t require advanced training in flexibility and balance. All that is required is a good fighting stance and speed.
Executing the Front Snap Kick
As with any Martial arts technique, a standard fighting stance is the key to delivering a front snap kick. Always remember to keep your legs apart with one leg in front of the other and keep your guard up. There are three steps to executing the technique, and this article will be dealing with all three steps below.
Step 1: Twist the hip and point it at your target
As with any kicking technique, the hip movement is very important and can make the difference between a perfectly executed kick, and a very sloppy ineffective one. So move your hip to the direction of your target with your body upright while maintaining the standard fighting stance.
Step 2: Lift your knee
The next step is to lift your rear knee to the waist level while aiming at your target with the body still maintaining an upright position.
Step 3: Hit the target
Hit the target with the ball of your toes. Make sure you’re hitting the target with as much force as you can muster. A good way to achieve this is to add more power behind your kick for a stronger hit. If you have done all the previous steps correctly, your kick would be executed with enough force to shock or stun the target.
Step 4: Recoil the Kick
After hitting the target with your raised leg, ensure to recoil your kick and return your leg back to you starting position with your legs apart and resume the standard fighting form.
With regular practice and devotion, you can develop an extremely useful and powerful kick and remember, performing all four steps in one fluid motion is very important to executing this very underestimated kick.