Hey all, just wondering what you think on this question... Is the side kick or roundhouse kick more effective, in an overall sense, when sparring/fighting? (for the sake of this thread, we'll say that the midsection is the target) Now there are probably a few threads on this that I'm not aware of. If so, direct me, but if not, let's discuss this. Being a former practitioner of TKD (famed for its kicks) and a current student of Muay Thai, I've always been especially adept at roundhouse kicking, in both styles. My TKD side kick isn't too shabby either. To me, I think the roundhouse kick causes more damage. Particularly due to the fact that the shin is what makes contact. It becomes more of a 'slicing' motion that the side kicks 'smashing' effect. Also, it seems to be easier to execute quickly than the side kick. To me, it flows into combos a lot easier and a superior gaurd can be maintained. Also, depending on how far you lean backwards with your sidekick, it is debatable that the roundhouse kick has a superior level of balance. However I am aware that the sidekick has strong points and the roundhouse kick has negatives (spinning out of control comes to mind...), but overall I'd say the roundhouse kick is superior. Then again, it may all depend on the situation, who you're fighting, what the floor surface is like, what you had for breakfast, what your favourite colour is, whether or not you take sugar with your tea... But let's all pretend for a moment that we're looking at the two kicks in a general sense. To speculate with scenarios is just boring. Post away.