Effective Kickboxing Combinations

Effective kickboxing combinations can surprise an opponent.

Effective kickboxing combinations can surprise an opponent.

If you're a kickboxer who can only throw single punches or kicks, you're going to be in for a long match. A skilled opponent can easily evade most single strikes, while also throwing counterpunches and kicks, which will leave you frustrated and bruised. Well-timed, multistrike combinations are the way to go; effectively landing just one in a match will make you want to develop this skill.

Double Jab-Cross-Hook-Kick

Many kickboxers begin combinations with a jab, but when you throw a double jab, you can often disrupt your opponent's defense or counterattack. Throw a double jab to your opponent's head, followed by a cross and a left hook to the head. The four consecutive head strikes can trick the opponent into thinking that a body shot is coming, which can make her drop her guard slightly. Finish the combination with a high kick, which should pass over her guard.

Kick-Jab-Cross

A key to effective kickboxing strikes is to mix up the the location of your punches and kicks. If all the strikes in a combination are to the head, for example, your opponent will just hide behind her guard or even throw a low kick at you. To keep your opponent guessing, lead with a low kick and then immediately throw a jab and cross. The simplicity of this combination is effective by itself, but you can use it to set up additional strikes depending on how the opponent reacts.

Jab-Cross-Kick

When you have your opponent on the ropes, she'll expect short, compact strikes, rather than sweeping attacks. Throw a series of jabs followed by some crosses; three or four jabs and three or four crosses make for an effective high combination. Instead of continuing to pressure her on the ropes, take a quick step backward and throw a roundhouse kick to the head or body, depending on where you see an opening.

Jab-Kick-Cross-Uppercut-Kick

When your opponent is a few feet from the ropes, an effective combination can drive her backward, at which point you can pin her against the ropes and attack. Throw a jab, followed by a left or right kick, depending how she's holding her guard. After the kick, move in quickly with a cross and a left-handed uppercut, which should push her back toward the ropes. Then, quickly throw a front kick to her face with your back foot before she has a chance to escape.

 

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