How to Do an Axe Kick in Taekwondo

How to Do an Axe Kick in Taekwondo

The Axe Kick

This is a kick you will find in other martial art styles under a different name. It requires flexibility because you have to kick very high to land on the target. It can be executed with the front leg if the attacker comes in, you can also execute it with the back leg if you are trying to reach the attacker instead.

The Axe Kick Step by Step

  • Get ready on your fighting stance with your hands up.
  • Bring your knee to your chest keeping your hands up.
  • Stretch up your leg keeping your eyes on the target.
  • Now pull down your leg to reach the target with your foot making contact with the heel.
  • Step back to your fighting stance always keeping your hands up.

You can make contact with the ball of your foot for light contact or gently letting your foot touch the target. You can also use the talon but you might hurt your opponent if you use it in a tournament and be disqualified for excessive force.


  • Always stretch your entire body before executing any kick.
  • Kick through your guard moving your arms away to allow your leg to go through.
  • Always aim your target with your knee.
  • Keep your back straight and don’t lean forward when kicking.
  • Do not over stretch when kicking.
  • Do not hit the floor after you reach the target, just land softly on the floor with the ball of your foot.

Frequently Asked Questions

How effective is the Axe Kick in sparring?

  • It’s a very effective kick, but you need practice to master it. If you use more power than you should you can be disqualified.

Why my hamstring hurts when I kick?

  • This happens because of poor warm up and poor stretching. You are required to warm up for 10 minutes at least then 15 minutes to stretch your body and legs. Here is an article with 18 effective exercises to do the splits.

Can I use the Axe Kick in Self Defense?

It can be used but keep in mind all your weight is on one leg and you can be taken down. You could use it only if you have mastered and the environment is on your favor. Please understand the arm is shorter and faster than the leg and will give you a better results. You can use this kick to keep the attacker away for you.

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