Mixed martial arts is an amalgamation of combat techniques that are seamlessly merged to create one cohesive and special fighting style, as the name implies. Some argue that it is the purest type of combat.
Mixed martial arts, which combines various martial arts styles such as Muay Thai, boxing, BJJ, wrestling, judo, and others, naturally incorporates a variety of striking and grappling techniques. Striking, on the other hand, is a big part of mixed martial arts fights.
We took the time to look at a variety of striking martial arts, focusing on kicking techniques in particular, to see what each martial arts discipline has to offer in this field. We examine the methods that are permissible under mixed martial arts’ uniform rules and regulations, as well as the effectiveness of each discipline’s kicking techniques.
The more tactics you have in your arsenal, the more effective you will be as a warrior. However, how well you integrate these types into your game is crucial. Every technique should be masterfully portrayed in the cage.
Do you want to know which martial arts to learn in order to develop your striking ability in the ring? If you want to improve your kicking game, we’ve put together a short list of styles to try.
Today on Evolve Daily, we’re going over five martial arts that have some of the best kicking techniques.
1) Muay Thai (Thai boxing)
The first is Muay Thai, an ancient Thai martial art. Because of the sheer strength and force behind its striking methods, Muay Thai is one of the most powerful and prolific bases for mixed martial arts. Muay Thai, also known as the “Art of Eight Limbs,” makes use of the body’s natural weapons: fists, elbows, thighs, and knees. Muay Thai techniques are explosive and harmful, making it extremely successful in real-world fights.
Muay Thai kicking techniques have been used by some of the most prolific mixed martial artists, including former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, charismatic lightweight Edson Barboza, and legend Anderson Silva, to name a few.
Flying feet, spinning back elbows, high round kicks, smashing leg kicks, and other techniques are used in Muay Thai. It’s one of the most effective kicking styles in the martial arts.
2) Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art.
Capoeira, one of the world’s most unique martial arts styles, originated in Brazil. It combines successful offensive techniques with dance, acrobatics, and music to create a one-of-a-kind performance. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that emphasises free-flow movement and rhythm. It is known for its complex movements and wide range of flashy kicks.
Capoeira is not widely used by fighters, owing to the high degree of difficulty in technique execution and the steep learning curve. Capoeira techniques, on the other hand, can do a lot of damage and are very effective in combat situations if done correctly and with the right timing.
Capoeira uses a variety of front and straight kicks, all of which have excellent weight transfer and momentum. Leg sweeps and high spinning kicks are also popular.
Former two-division UFC champion “The Notorious” Conor McGregor is one of the most well-known mixed martial artists to incorporate Capoeira into his game. In his first welterweight fight against Nate Diaz, McGregor famously used a slew of spinning punches.
3) Taekwondo is a Korean martial art.
Taekwondo is another common martial arts discipline. Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that includes a variety of high kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast multiple kick combos.
Some of mixed martial arts’ most well-known athletes and world champions have a taekwondo history or have heavily incorporated taekwondo into their respective styles, including former middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva, featherweight great Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, Benson Henderson, and others.