Effective Muay Thai kicking drills

Effective Muay Thai kicking drills for better speed and more powerful kicks.
Practice makes the master. It's one thing to know the technique and another thing to use it effectively in a fight.
This is why you should practice it relentlessly. It is also important to do it the right way right from the beginning. It is very easy to learn a bad habit and it is very difficult and time-consuming to correct them. I know that cause I had the same problem at the beginning of my training.

Introduction to kicking drills:

First, you have to decide whether you want to focus on improving speed, power or a technical aspect of your kicks during a single workout session. Or maybe you just want to condition your shins to make them tougher. Once you have decided where to start to do a proper warm up and stretching before you start kicking a bag. Some people prefer to do some shadow boxing before kicking a bag or Thai pads - it certainly doesn't hurt to do so. And when you are ready just jump to the next chapter.

Muay Thai kicking drills examples:

If you want to improve your technique there is no better way than to learn from a champion. Samart Payakaroon is considered to be the best Muay Thai fighter that has ever competed in the ring. He is not only a Thai kickboxing champion but also a WBC boxing champion.

Samart Payakaroon presents Muay Thai kicking drills

If you want to kick faster take a look at this drill. What's important here is to keep the same pace. You ill notice how the pace improves from session to session.

How to kick faster

There are two important factors when you want to increase your kicking power: the first one is physical and it is the overall fitness and strength. There are no shortcuts here, just a hard regular training. And the second one is technical: the right stance, the torque etc. This is why sometimes a smaller person can kick harder than a big dude with no proper technical skills.

How to kick harder:

Practice various types of kicks, not just a round kick. A push kick [a teep] is a very effective weapon and can be used both: defensively and offensively. With this video, you can also improve your push kick and push kick defense

Muay Thai push kick drill

And last but not least: shin conditioning. Having a tough, well-conditioned shins is crucial for Muay Thai. In Muay Thai all kicks, except push kick, are delivered with a shin and not with a foot. This what makes them so effective and so painful for the opponent.

Shins are also much tougher since the kick connects with just one large bone and not with multiple small foot bones. That said, shins must be properly conditioned to make them harder. Not every kick will land on a soft spot (if you have ever kicked your opponent with full power in his pelvis you will know what I mean) and many times the opponent will block it with his shin.
And if your opponents shins are tougher than yours and you will have enough just after a few kicks.

Shin conditioning drills:

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