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History of Kicking


A kick (차기 chagi) is a physical strike using the foot, leg, or knee.

The English verb to kick appears only in the late 14th century, apparently as a loan from Old Norse, originally in the sense of a hooved animal delivering strikes with his hind legs; the oldest use is Biblical, in the metaphor of an ox kicking against the pricks.

Kicks as an act of human aggression have likely existed worldwide since prehistory. However, high kicks, aiming above the waist or to the head appear to have originated from Asian martial arts. Such kicks were introduced to the west in the 19th century with early hybrid martial arts inspired by Asian styles such as Bartitsu and Savate. Practice of high kicks became more universal in the second half of the 20th century with the more widespread development of hybrid styles such as kickboxing and eventually mixed martial arts.

The history of the high kick in Asian martial arts is difficult to trace. It appears to be prevalent in all traditional forms of Indochinese kickboxing, but these cannot be traced with any technical detail to pre-modern times. For example, Muay Boran or "ancient boxing" in Thailand was developed under Rama V (r. 1868-1910). While it is known that earlier forms of "boxing" existed during the Ayutthaya Kingdom, the details regarding these techniques are unclear. Some stances that look like low kicks, but not high kicks, are visible in the Shaolin temple frescoes, dated to the 17th century. The Mahabharata, an Indian epic compiled at some point before the 5th century AD, describes an unarmed hand-to-hand battle, including the sentence "and they gave each other violent kicks" (without providing any further detail).

For more information on the history of Martial Arts see Martial Arts Timeline

 

A kick delivered to a downed or falling enemy (a demon), Angkor period (ca. 13th century) bas-relief at Banteay Chhmar.

 

TAEKWONDO KICKS ( 차기 chagi )

Hangul 한글 Korean Belt Requirement Difficulty Level Information
Kicks ( 차기 ) chagi   Information »
Front Kick ( 앞차기 ) ap chagi White Belt Test Yellow Strip test Beginner Level Information »
Side Kick ( 옆차기 ) yeop chagi White Belt Test Yellow Strip test Beginner Level Information »
Axe Kick ( 내려차기 ) naeryeo chagi White Belt Test Yellow Strip test Beginner Level Information »
Roundhouse ( 돌려차기 ) dollyeo chagi Yellow Belt Test Green Strip Belt Test Green Belt Test Beginner Level Information »
Back Kick ( 뒤차기 ) dwi chagi Yellow Belt Test Green Strip Belt Test Green Belt Test Intermediate Level Information »
Reverse Side Kick ( 반대 옆 차기 ) bandae yeop chagi Yellow Belt Test Green Strip Belt Test Green Belt Test Intermediate Level Information »
Inward Crescent Kick ( 안차기 ) an chagi Green Strip Belt Test Green Belt Test Intermediate Level Information »
Outward Crescent Kick ( 바깥차기 ) bakkat chagi Green Strip Belt Test Green Belt Test Intermediate Level Information »
Hook Kick ( 후려차기 ) huryeo chagi Green Belt Test Blue Strip Belt Test Intermediate Level Information »
Spin Hook Kick / Back Roundhouse Kick ( 뒤후려차기 ) dwi huryeo chagi Blue Belt Test Red strip Belt Test Red Belt Test Black Strip Belt Test Advanced Level Information »

 

 

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Taekwondo Kicks (차기 chagi)

kick (차기 chagi) is a physical strike using the foot, leg, or knee. As the human leg is longer and stronger than the arm, kicks are generally used to keep an opponent at a distance, surprise him or her with their range, and inflict substantial damage. On the other hand, stance is very important in any combat system, and any attempt to deliver a kick will necessarily compromise one's stability of stance. For more information View Taekwondo Kicks (차기 chagi) »

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