There are countless benefits to head movement, but in this article, I will be teaching 3 out of 5 of my personal favourite methods to utilize head movement in Kickboxing, Muay Thai or MMA:
The first method would be offensively kicking and using head movement defensively. The first way is to throw your lead leg kick. It can be to the leg, body or head! After throwing the lead leg, assuming the kick does get dodged or caught, an experienced opponent, especially a dutch kick boxer, will often counter punch. A common punch counter is to dutch block and fire back with a cross. So anticipating that counter, retract your lead leg back into southpaw stance as you slip to the left simultaneously, then back step back into orthodox stance. Many haters will argue that you will eat a head kick, but as long as you are backing away, you will able to dodge a head kick if it came. One of the most common defences to a head kick is to lean back! The exact same offensive lead leg kick and defensive head movement can be used successfully if the counter punch is a jab or hook.
Now let's offensively throw the rear leg kick to the leg or body. Again, assuming the kick does not get dodged or caught, a common defensive reaction is to dutch block and fire back with a big left hook. You can then retract your rear leg back into stance, step and lean back simultaneously to dodge.
Onto defensive head movement while simultaneously countering with kicking. You can dodge punches by slipping and kicking the leg. Slip the cross by slipping to the left and chopping down at the lead leg. You can slip and pivot into your low kick or you can slip, step 45 degrees to the side AND kick. You can do the exact same thing against the jab. You would be slipping to the inside on the jab and chopping the same leg.
I hope you enjoyed these methods and encourage you to check out the full video below with examples: