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Martial Arts Kicking Targets

When you first begin learning to spar in TaeKwonDo, you will most likely be shown simple two-step combinations that will serve as the basis for more complicated three-step and beyond combinations.

When sparring in TaeKwonDo, you can always use at least a two-step combination to keep your opponent guessing on what kind of attack you’re going to use.

However, regardless of whether it’s for a Tournament or a Street Fight, getting more than a three kick combination in before having to re-adjust would be difficult, so I’ll just go into these types of combos.

Continue reading to learn more about 2 and 3 kicking combinations, techniques, and exercises for improved sparring pace, footwork, and agility.

What are some effective TaeKwonDo sparring techniques?

What exactly do I mean? The concept is twofold. First, consider what combinations you can use that are used at various levels by your opponent. In a basic two-kick combination, for example, one kick should go to the midsection and the second kick should go for the head ( of vice versa)

You can also employ a technique that employs a two-kick combination, with the first kick acting as a decoy so that the second kick is fast, easy, and not at full strength. This will cause your opponent’s defence to drop (or rise), allowing you to hit your opponent with the second full strength kick.

So, while practising TaeKwonDo, what are some simple kicking combinations to learn first? Well, I’m sure it varies by school, but here are the ones I’ve learned so far:

This is the most fundamental of kicking combinations, and it is unlikely that you will master it first. Use a back leg front kick to the midsection and then a second back leg front kick towards the face for this combination.

Kicking from the front to the side

This will most likely be your second combination to practise. You’ll do a front kick to the face (high) followed by a side kick to the midsection with this mix (low)

From one side kick to the next

This one deviates from the high/low rule, but that’s generally because it sets up for a simple third kick. However, for this mix, you can perform a straight rear leg side kick, then move behind and perform another side kick.

Changing a front kick to a back kick

This combination, in which you throw a back leg turning kick to the head and immediately follow it up with a back kick to the midsection with the opposite foot, needs to be done more quickly.

Changing from a standard kick to a crescent kick

This combination works well for me when sparring with someone who is the same height as me or slightly shorter, but it is less successful if they are taller. Throw a back leg turning kick to the midsection, drop the leg, and follow up with an outside crescent kick to the head with this combination.

This combo begins with a pack leg push kick with your right leg to get your opponent to move straight back, then take one step forward with your left leg while your momentum pulls you forward, and then go into a crescent kick with the same leg (right) that you used for the push kick. You’ll follow up with a tornado kick to the midsection after you’ve set your right leg down from the crescent kick.

Back Leg Turning Kick to Front Leg Hook Kick to Front Leg Side Kick
With this mix, you’ll need some extra versatility, but you’ll start with a front leg hook kick to the head and quickly follow it up with a front leg side kick. The combination will be completed with a back leg turning kick to the head. (Note the high – low – high strike pattern.)

This kicking combination begins with two fast front leg kicks to the midsection, immediately followed by a front turning kick to the face, and finally a back kick to the midsection.