Krav Maga Tutorial: The Round Leg Kick

The round kick is a powerful and effective technique used in Krav Maga for self-defense. It is a kick that is executed by swinging the leg in a circular motion, targeting the opponent’s leg, torso or head. This technique is highly effective in both offensive and defensive situations, as it can quickly incapacitate the attacker or simply bring them off balance.

Follow these steps:

  1. Start in a fighting stance: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, with your dominant foot slightly behind the other. Keep your hands up to protect your face and chin.
  2. Chamber your kicking leg’s knee up past the height of your target. 
  3. At the same time pivot or set up to turn your base foot 90 to 180 degrees in order to rotate the hips towards the target.
  4. Snap your leg out as the knee passes the target and make contact with the middle of the shin. (Keep your knee slightly bent on contact)
  5. Follow through: After delivering the kick, bring your leg back to the starting position and re-establish your fighting stance.

When executing, it is important to remember to keep your hands up and your chin down to protect yourself from counterattacks. It is also important to practice the technique slowly at first. Gradually increasing speed and power as you become more comfortable with the movement.

In addition to being an effective offensive technique, the round kick can be used as a sweep to bring your opponent off balance. The same kicking motion can be used to hook the ankle of your opponent and pull it forward. 

Overall, the round kick is an important technique in Krav Maga for self-defense. It is a powerful and efficient way to incapacitate an attacker or bring them off balance. With proper training and practice, you can develop the skills and confidence needed to effectively use the round leg kick in a self-defense situation.If you are interested in learning more useful self-defense techniques from ex-Israeli Special Forces, sign up to our weekly Krav Maga program in Austin, Texas. Don’t live in Austin? Subscribe to our YouTube channel and get free tutorials and reviews every week.