Taekwondo is known for its powerful kicks. Therefore to master Taekwondo, we will help you learn all of the Taekwondo kicks below. Each of these pages provides free video and/or written instructions that will help you to learn these Taekwondo kicks.
For the Korean names for these Taekwondo kicks, please visit our Korean Names for Taekwondo Kicks page.
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Basic Taekwondo Kicks – Written and/or video instructions
- Axe Kick – A high axe kick is useful to striking your opponent’s head or collar bone.
- Back Kick – The back kick is my favorite Taekwondo kick. Very powerful.
- Crescent Kick – This page covers inner and outer crescent kicks.
- Front Kick – A front kick is useful for hitting your opponent in the groin or doing a snap kick to the chin.
- Hook or Whip Kick – The hook kick is a deceptive kick if executed properly.
- Push Kick – The push kick is a great defensive Taekwondo kick in order to knock your opponent off balance.
- Roundhouse Kick – This basic Taekwondo roundhouse kick is probably the most frequently used kick in Taekwondo, esp. for sparring.
- Front Foot Roundhouse Kick – This is where you use your forward foot to execute a roundhouse kick (versus using your rear leg).
- Side Kick – A Taekwondo side kick is an effective self-defense kick, especially if it is aimed at the knee.
Advanced Taekwondo Kicks
- Butterfly Kick – The butterfly kick is a great kick for demonstrations but not practical for real-world situations.
- Butterfly Twist – An advanced and more acrobatic version of the butterfly kick.
- Double Roundhouse Kick – This kick is often used in Taekwondo sparring.
- Downward Roundhouse Kick – You will need to be very flexible to master the downward roundhouse kick.
- Flying Back Kick – A flying back kick is a more advanced version of a jumping back kick. Lots of fun to perform this kick.
- Flying Front Kick – This page will also help you with a “jumping front kick”.
- Flying Side Kick – The flying side kick is another fun “flying” martial arts kick. Kids love to hit a practice dummy with this flying kick.
- Hopping or Step Behind Side Kick – The Taekwondo step behind side kick is a great way to close the distance with an opponent & land a powerful kick.
- Jumping Back Kick – A jumping back kick is a useful counter kick for sparring.
- Jumping Spinning Crescent Kick
- Jumping Spinning Hook Kick – I always find the Taekwondo jumping spinning hook kick very difficult to execute. 🙂
- Knee Strike (Vertical) – You can not use knee strikes during Taekwondo sparring. However, knee strikes are very effective in “real life” combat.
- Round Knee Strike – Instead of striking your target with a vertical knee strike, you are hitting with a lateral knee strike.
- Scissor Kick – The scissor kick allows you to strike two targets at the same time.
- Shin Kick – In Taekwondo, you are usually taught to strike an opponent with your instep or the top of your foot while doing a roundhouse kick. In contrast, if you use a shin kick, you will hit an opponent with the dense bone of your shin (versus your instep or the top of the foot).
- Spinning Crescent Kick – The Taekwondo spinning crescent kick is a more powerful version of the traditional crescent kick.
- Spinning Hook Kick – If done correctly, the Taekwondo spinning hook kick is a very deceptive and devastating kick. Taekwondo is known for its mastery of the spinning hook kick!
- Spinning Roundhouse Kick – The spinning roundhouse kick is a more powerful version of the regular roundhouse kick.
- Tornado Kick (or Jumping Spinning Roundhouse Kick) – Here are some video instructions for a tornado kick. If used properly, this Taekwondo kick can result in some spectacular knockouts during sparring (see the video on this page).
- 540 Kick – 540 kicks are spectacular spinning kicks. However, be care as you can damage your knee if you land incorrectly.