The side kick is an effective technique that you may not see a lot in combat sports. You will mainly see the front and round kick as the most utilized of kicks in competition. The reason being is that you can keep your body square when using the kicks. The side kick requires the body to turn sideways and the chances of getting countered are greater. But when timed, it is a very effective technique. The best time to throw the side kick is when your opponent attacks with a technique the squares his body up (i.e. a right hand). Offensively you can throw the kick into your opponent's guard to knock him off balance. Here are a couple of side kicks knock outs.