Muay Thai Roundhouse/Oblique Kick

In this video, Kru Phon and Dejsoria are going to show you how to do a muay thai roundhouse kick. A lot of people call this kick roundhouse kick or diagonal kick, but the exact translation is oblique kick. In Thai, this kick is called Te Chiang (เตะเฉียง). "Te" is the Kick and "Chiang" means Oblique. Obviously, this kick is called oblique kick, because you are kicking to the obliques. There are other circular kicks in muay thai, such as the cut kick, the thigh kick and the down-roundhouse kick. Westerners call all of them roundhouse kicks, but as I said, the Thai name will give you a better understanding. For more muay thai videos, click here. This instruction was created in cooperation with Muay Thai Santai.


  • Start from the muay thai fighting stance and practice the back leg roundhouse/oblique kick first.
  • First of all, step 30° forward, moving out of the center line. So when you kick with your right leg (and stand in a left lead fighting stance) you basically step to the left and also twist your toes away from your opponent (see top-view).
  • Put your weight on your front leg and lift your back leg. Extend your back hand in front of you like if you were making space or like if your were grabbing your opponent before the kick. When you lift your back leg, you should NOT bend the knee more than 90°. In most other martial arts styles you do bend your knee more than 90° when you throw a roundhouse kick.
  • Twist on the ball of the foot of your standing leg and rotate your hips as you kick your opponent. Your heel should not touch the ground.
  • When you twist on the ball of your foot and rotate your hips, timing and the rotation amount are key factors. When your shin touches your opponent, your toes should point back and your hips should be pretty much extended. The knee of the standing leg should be extended also.
  • Hit your opponent with the bottom of your shin and not with the ankle. The kicking leg should be about 80% extended. Don't over-extend or extend too early! You would be able to get more speed if you hit with the ankle, but you can injure yourself more than you can injure your opponent when you kick with the joint. Besides, you can harden your shin to make your kicks more effective, but you can't harden your ankle (or you shouldn't). In muay thai, there is a variety of techniques to harden the shin-bone. For example kicking bamboo, kicking hard heavy bags, kicking tires, etc.
  • A lot of people don't pay enough attention to the arm movement. You have to use your hands to a) make your kick more powerful and b) protect your head. Keep in mind that your opponent could counter-attack with an elbow or a hook punch. That's why after swinging your arms (to add more momentum) you should end in a position where your back hand is on your head, the elbow of your back hand is close to your rib cage, and the front arm is extended towards your opponent. If you don't rotate you hips enough, you can't end in this position with ease. One side of your head is protected with the back hand, the other side is protected with the shoulder of the extended arm. Keep your chin down and if your opponent tries to get closer as you kick, push him away with your lead arm.
  • Then go back to your fighting stance without lowering your guard. Plant your back leg exactly where you started from.


  • Practice both sides of the muay thai roundhouse/oblique kick. Learn how to do the back leg roundhouse kick first. For most people, the lead leg roundhouse kick is a bit more difficult. Simply step forward with your back leg (out of the center line again) and kick without bending your knee too much. The hip movement is even more important if you want to do a powerful front leg roundhouse kick. Kicking with the front leg is usually faster, but not as strong. Another option would be to flip your stance and then kick from behind (see video).
  • Practice the roundhouse/oblique kick on a heavy bag.
  • The videos are supposed to be a help for the animated instructions. Check out the animated lessons first and then go to the video section.


  • In this Video: Kru Phon, Dejsoria, Sok Lek - Muay Thai Santai
  • Team: Muay Thai Santai.
  • Coaches: Kru Phon
  • Taped by: Mavi