Sylvie’s Tips – Low Kick: Where to Kick the Leg – the Sensitive IT Band

Kick Where it Hurts This is another installment of Sylvie’s Tips where I seek to share some of the things my Thai trainers are teaching. The other day Kru...

Kick Where it Hurts

This is another installment of Sylvie’s Tips where I seek to share some of the things my Thai trainers are teaching. The other day Kru Nu landed a couple leg kicks on my right (back) leg during padwork.  He’s got a good low kick and his Thai students have really whippy, nasty low kicks as well.  The first one hurt and all, but the second one – which was a good 10 minutes after the first – landed on just such the perfect spot, with just enough force, and while my weight was on it that I actually collapsed.  My leg just wouldn’t hold me up anymore and I was suddenly crumpled on the canvas spitting expletives like they were going out of style.  The thigh stayed sore and tight, hard to bend, for a good 4 days afterward, and I’m sure he felt like he barely touched me.

So naturally I asked Kru Nu to show me where exactly on the leg these low kicks should be landing.  Do unto others what has been done to buckle you.  The two spots are right at the knee (not on the knee, but just barely above it and on the side of the leg), like where you’d put one of those I.T. Band wraps for a knee injury.

IT knee

The second spot is higher up the leg on the thigh, located higher than I had ever thought to kick and probably about 6-8 inches below the hip.  It’s on the same line as this IT Band (Iliotibial band) though, which makes sense why you can take someone down with well-placed kicks to that line of muscle.  It hurts, man – you feel it when you walk, you feel it when you sit, when you try to lie on that side… tag it early enough in a fight and you’ll certainly get to see some of the effects within the next few rounds.  This is where Kru Nu hit me the other day, just right where that red line starts on the graphic below (noted by the blue arrow).

Muay Thai Low Kick - Where to Kick the Thigh - Sylvie's Tips

And those are the two targets, right on the same track down the thigh.  Obviously you can hit many different places on the leg and have great affect against your opponent.  Kicks below the knee, to the calf, can be incredibly debilitating and kicks to the front of the thigh (quads) or letting your foot tag in a light wrap-around to the back (hamstring) can be really nasty also.  But from personal experience of being kicked lightly and finding myself rolling on the floor as a result, I’ll definitely be aiming for the IT Band targets for myself.

This post is part of my Sylvie’s Tips Series. You can read about the series here, or watch the full YouTube Playlist which contains all the videos below:


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JR Teaches Me Some of His Secrets to the Muay Thai Low Kick

Solo Morning Sessions with Kru Nu – The Talk of Muay Thai

Sylvie’s Tips – Muay Thai Tips, Techniques & Helps from Thailand

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A 100 lb. (46 kg) female Muay Thai fighter. Originally I trained under Kumron Vaitayanon (Master K) and Kaensak sor. Ploenjit in New Jersey. I then moved to Thailand to train and fight full time in April of 2012, devoting myself to fighting 100 Thai fights, as well as blogging full time. Having surpassed 100, and then 200, becoming the westerner with the most fights in Thailand, in history, my new goal is to fight an impossible 471 times, the historical record for the greatest number of documented professional fights (see western boxer Len Wickwar, circa 1940), and along the way to continue documenting the Muay Thai of Thailand in the Muay Thai Library project: see


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