Kabaddi is a sport in which raiders are constantly under pressure since they are up against a group of defenders who are all eager to take them out at the first sign of error. As a result, raiders have had to develop a variety of methods and make split-second judgments in order to keep opponents on their toes, sometimes literally, and grab the all-important Bonus or touchpoint.
Whether it’s reaching down to complete a Toe Touch or outfoxing a defender and using the Scorpion Kick instead, being able to efficiently use the span of the leg is an important ability for a raider.
The raider rotates away from the defender to face the half line for a Scorpion Kick, and just as the opponent expects the foot to come low, the raider curls his leg up backward to gain a touch on the kneeling defender, mimicking the sting of a scorpion. This technique, which is equally quick and effective, necessitates balance, flexibility, and the element of surprise in order to catch an unwary defender off guard.
Back-kick is the act of kicking an opponent who approaches the raider from behind during the raid. To perform this skill, the leg must be fully stretched to cover greater space and increase its effectiveness.
Back-kicks are classified as follows:
- Running back-kick
- Standing back-kick
- Fake & kick
- Taking a turn and back-kick
This skill is best suited for raiders who raid from second to second and strike the centre zone. The technique of execution and principle are the same as for a back kick, with the exception that the area to be covered is sideward. To do this skill, the raider must face the sidelines and kick the anti who is standing next to him. When compared to back kick, sidekick is a little more difficult, but with proper stretching exercises and consistent practise, the strain/stress on the pelvic joint can be significantly reduced. To obtain more reach when using a running side kick, flex the knee first and then thrust to the furthest extent possible.
Because the leg elevated to kick at the anties curves from back to side, the curve-kick is also known as a roll kick. With this kick, the raider can cover more ground with his attacking leg. At the same time, it allows him to change course. The majority of the time, this kick is used in a running manner. Raiders who raid in the centre zone utilise this talent to attack corner zones with the goal of touching and changing the orientation of the anties. Despite the fact that this kick does not score many points, its strong style instills fear in opponents. When compared to the end line game, this skill was extremely effective on the bonus line.
The basic goal of this game is to score points by raiding into the opponent’s court and touching as many opponents as possible without taking a breath. Each player enters the opponent’s court while yelling “Kabaddi! Kabaddi!” and tries to touch the defence players closest to him, while the opponents make tactical coordinated efforts to catch that person.