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In the martial arts, a kick is an attack using the foot, knee or leg. This attack often used in hand to hand combat. Kicks are generally slower but more powerful than strikes.

Kicks play a great part in many martial arts, notably kickboxing and taekwondo, whereas some arts do not utilize kicks at all, such as boxing. Other arts use kicks, but limit their use for attacks on the legs and lower body.

A great number of kicks exist, and many have names for themselves. Often the same movement will have different names in different martial arts.

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