How to do an Inward Crescent Kick

How to do an Inward Crescent Kick

Inward Crescent Kick

This kick can be applied to the face, can be used against a knife depending on your expertise and while sparring. You will find this kick in most martial arts such as Taekwondo, Karate, Kung Fu, Tang Soo Do, Capoeira, Kickboxing, Savate, and others. The same kick with different names.

Step by Step

  • Start on a fighting stance with your hands up, right foot back
  • Lift your right knee and raise it aiming with your knee to the target
  • now extend your leg into the inside of your body reaching the desired target
  • Do not hit the floor with your foot and go back to your fighting stance

“Inward Crescent Kick” tutorial broken down and explained by Aaron Gassor, a 2nd Degree Black Belt in ITF Taekwon-do. Aaron explains how for it to be effective in light/semi sparring, full contact and street fighting.


  • Always keep your hands up.
  • Once you have your target prepare to kick lifting your knee.
  • As you get close to stretch your leg to reach the desired target.
  • Once you are close is when the talon or the plant of your foot goes down to make the impact.
  • This kick should be stopped once it reaches its target because you might make an impact on your knee.
  • As you finish the technique step back in a fighting stance.
  • This kick is very effective in close sparring but only if you have proper training, timing, and have good stretching.

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