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Four Steps to Powerful Taekwondo Kicks

Taekwondo Kicks that will Knock an Elephant Down!

Kicks are one of the best and most powerful martial arts weapons you can ever develop. Not only are kicks extremely good for the cardio, giving an instant sweat during a work out, but they are one of the most powerful weapons you can have if you are ever in a fight. After all, most people in the world don’t don’t have the faintest idea as to how to use their legs, and if you do have an idea…you’ve got an instant advantage.

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Of course, kicks take a little extra hard work if they are going to develop into something you can be proud of. But if you take your time, train properly and regularly, and do learn the types of kicks in a certain pattern…you can have power busting kicks of the most magnificent order. That said, let’s go over the proper order of how to develop these kicks.

The first kick is to merely stand in one place and do the kick. You don’t have to have a stance, you can do them at a moderate and easy on the body speed, and you can even put your hand on the wall. The idea here is to look at your body andlearn how to make it move to generate efficient and effective and totally destructive kicks.

The second kick is going to be done from stationary stances. Take a kick like a simple front snap kick, low level to begin, higher as you get better, and learn how to apply it from the rear leg while standing in a front stance. Go through all the stances you know, one by one, kicking with the foot you are not standing on.

The third kick is to use the leg which holds the most weight in your stance. This means you kick with the leg supporting the most weight. Again, go through your stances, do them one at a time, but this time figure out how to hop so that the leg you are standing on executes the kick, and the leg you do not have weight on replaces the leg you are standing on.

The fourth kick is to go through and analyze the various directions you can kick in. This is going to require some quick weight shifts and turns of the body, and the ability to think of your body as very light. Simply do the third kick, as described in the last paragraph, but this time execute the kick first to the south, then go back to your stance and do the kick to the east, then the west, then the north.

Now, there are a few things you should remember as you develop your kicks through these four stages. Don’t be one of these people who do a few kicks per side and then quit. Do a couple of hundred kicks, three hundred, maybe even five hundred kicks per kick per leg.

The idea is to develop your legs so that they are as light and easy to use as your hands. So concentrate on learning how to relax while you do your kicks. Soon your kicks will be second nature, light and easy, marvelous little things of quick flick, and yet able to instantly end any fight.

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Arranging Taekwondo Systems in a Logical Order

It is very interesting to examine the various taekwondo styles and arrange them in a logical order. This means you start with a simple system, like the original Choi Hong Hi system, and then find the next most complex system, and so on.
You also have to take into account such things as when the original karate systems that tekwondo came from should be studied, when should such arts as Hapkido and Kwarangdo be studied, and so on.
Of special interest is the resurgence of Subak, which is an incredibly potent classic Korean system. It has effortless drill, good fighting drills, and so on.
Anyway, I wrote the artilce, then made a lens out of it, which you can take a gander at by going to

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There is a nifty youtube snippt I made for it, and don’t forget to check out the free karate book link down the page.
You guys have a great day, a greater work out, and don’t forget to pet the dog.

The Three Steps to Building Ki Power by Applying Flux Theory to Karate Kata

In this article I am going to tell you the real truth about building ki power through karate kata. This type of internal energy is actually easy to build, but I have never met an instructor who knew the secret of how to unlock the power. I don’t care if you practice Japanese Karate forms, Korean Karate forms, Okinawan Karate forms, or whatever, the power can be built–you just have to know the three easy steps.

This method is actually known in Chinese arts, used in ‘Kung fu katas’ if you wish to mix terminology. I take a more scientific bent, I call it Flux Theory, which is just a fancy way of saying you are going to get the flow of energy moving and tap into it. So here are the three steps.

First, you have to push from ground. Most people think this is muscle building, or equate it to efficient motion, but it is far more than that. When you push from the ground you must concentrate on building and feeling the sensation of weight inside your push leg.

Second, as you start to move the body through space with the push of the leg, you must start turning the hips. This is core to many systems, you will find it in karate kata forms, hapkido forms, even (and maybe especially) the taekwondo white belt forms. The trick is to, again, feel the sensation of mass moving through the frame, up the leg and through the hips up the body through to the arms.

Third, and this is crucial, when you execute a hard punch you must get the feeling of shaking water off your fist. The core of this is to get used to relaxing your arm as much as possible, then getting the feeling pulsing the arm so that the energy that went up your leg, turned with your hip, is translated down and through your arm. You focus, but having a tight fist is not so important, can even be a hindrance, to having the feeling that energy is snapping off the end of your fist much the same as water would be shaken off your fist.

You must have good karate stance to make this work, and this means you are going to have to examine every stance in every form and make sure the legs are bent properly, not overly straightened, and so on. And, to make this power work in karate fights, you are going to have to set the hips properly, have them align with the legs and turn with the motion at exactly the right time. Do these two things, pay proper attention to detail, and you are going to find that the ki power you are developing is the ultimate karate weapon.

Now, the problem is that most instructors don’t understand this, and the forms are being changed for some weird idea of what karate combat is. If you have a fellow who is adapting his karate forms to kickboxing stances, or some other popular concept, then you are in trouble. Without the connection to the ground, and through the body, the ki power won’t develop, and won’t go through the body.

The message here is that you must adhere to the classical forms. You must examine all the forms from all the karate styles, and I don’t care if it is Shotokan Karate forms, goju karate forms, shito ryu forms or isshin ryu forms or whatever, and make sure they are sound and functional. This is the method I used when I developed Flux Theory, and this is how you are going to discover the true ki power available in karate kata

If you want to know more about Flux Theory and how I generate ki power, watch this blog, or just hop on over to Monster Martial Arts. Lots of things are happening there that people have never heard of.