Axe Kick Analysis – Everything You need To Know About Axe Kick

The axe kick is a rare but one of the most deadly moves which can be seen in freestyle fightings like Mix Martial Arts or MMA. However, in martial arts like Taekwondo, it is quite a common move. Even if it lacks power, it can leave you vulnerable and throw you off balance in a position to be easily countered. Taekwondo’s Ap Chagi is somewhat very similar to axe kick. Famous fighters like Andy Hug uses this kick as his signature move during the fights. The fact that he can throw the axe kick against very high-level competitors is nothing sort of remarkable. Let’s see how it can be done and what are some of the ways to learn it easily.


Basically, there are two ways to throw axe kick or we can say there are two types.

  1. Kick from outside to inside
  2. Kick from inside to outside

Both the kicks are equally very effective. The only thing that we have to look for is the angle that our opponent is providing to us. The angle from which we are going to hit the kick or the area of the body that our opponent is leaving open to hits will determine the type of kick we are executing.


How To Set Up for an Axe Kick?


While executing the kick, all you have to do is raise your strong leg up above as high as you can and drop it down to the opponent’s body. The most vulnerable body parts are head, nose and the most commonly broken bone in the human body, the collar bone. You can set your opponent with a jab and hook at first and then, hitting the axe kick. You can even fake your opponent with a roundhouse kick and then, hitting with an axe kick. All you need for these kick is good flexibility along with leg control for good mobility of the kick. Rather than hitting with the heel, you can even hit with toes or ball of the foot for a greater range of the kick.

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