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How to do Martial Arts Kicks

I say Martial Arts kicks, but the advice of this article holds for Karate Kicks, Kung Fu kicks, or taekwondo kicks. There are two things that we need to cover when considering the best way to kick somebody’s, uh…fanny. One is keeping to the basic kicks, and the other is the mechanics of the kicks involved.

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The Author practicing his 1000 kicks a day in 1974.

When doing martial arts kicks one can get involved in a lengthy list of showboat kicks. This includes jumping, spinning, and even gymnastic leg techniques. These, however, while fun and even a benefit to the individual, will not work in a street fight. Thus, when doing martial arts kicks one should stick to the four martial arts basics: front, side, wheel (roundhouse), or spinning rear kick.

When practicing these kicks make sure that you raise the knee high enough. Raising the knee puts the hips and whole body behind the kick. A good technique for doing this is to practice kicking over a chair.

Make sure that you use the appropriate part of the foot when kicking. The basic parts of the foot are the toes, the ball of the foot, the instep, and the heel. When selecting which part of the foot to use, remember that the smallest striking area will concentrate the most power.

Always turn the hips into the kick. Turning the hips commits the whole weight of the body into the martial arts technique. This must be done smooth and whiplike, all pieces moving as one coordinated whole.

Do not waste time in the chambering position. One must kick like a whip, up from the ground to the target point, and back down from the target point to the ground. To hold in chamber is to take the power out of the kick, and to render it into pieces.

Use the kick at the right distance. Just as you shouldn’t punch when at kicking distance, don’t kick when at punching distance. The better strategy is not to do something sneaky, which has the potential of robbing you of power and range, but to get so good at the basic moves that you can’t be stopped.

Most important rule of all: do hundreds, even thousands, of kicks every day. The fool who thinks ten kicks per foot per kick per day is enough is just that…a fool. Only by dedicating oneself, by going fanatic and mad dog in your training, whether in martial arts kicks, or whatever type of leg movement you are practicing, will you hope to obtain the best benefits that your martial arts discipline has to offer.

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Kung Fu Kick Harder by Following These Seven Simple Martial ArtsTraining Tricks

Kung Fu Kick Harder than your opponent by following these seven simple tricks. Most Karate students you see, whether they are doing karate kicks,or taekwondo kicks, don’t really understand the physics necessary to do a proper leg kick. These poor martial arts students are merely told to kick air, or kick a bag, and that’s the extent of the Kung Fu lesson.

kung fu kickFirst, you must raise the knee when you Karate kick. This insures that the foot travels into the target on a straight line, and doesn’t arc up and slide or catch toe. It’s like hitting a nail with a hammer, you have to make sure the force travels straight into the board.

The second martial arts training tip do is tilt the hips slightly. You don’t have to tilt them a whole heck of a lot, but they have to tilt sufficient to create a good connection between tan tien and foot. This makes sure that the whole weight of the body is put into the taekwondo kick.

Third simple tip is that you must turn the hips slightly, making sure that the body gets behind the kick. This not only makes your Kung Fu kick harder, but also gives a bit of extension to the kick. If you don’t turn the hips you might find yourself a little jammed up, and your kicks might even be negated.

Fourth easy training tip is to turn the foot you are standing on to the proper angle. This doesn’t have to be a large turn (though it can be), but it must be done so that the whole body works as one solid unit. This is actually critical when doing a karate kick or a kung fu kick, because using the body as one unit delivers more intention into the hard kick.

Fifth you must sink your weight down the support leg and into the ground. Sinking your weight while doing a hard kick will firmly attach you to the ground. The body, after all, is nothing but a motor, and an efficient motor must be bolted down.

Sixth, you must bend the support leg while you sink the weight. People who straighten up the support leg are exploding energy out the support leg, which is the opposite direct energy should take. Energy should be going the other way, sending a ‘tractor beam’ down the leg to grip the ground and make the body solid and stable.

Seventh and last training tip, relax the upper body; relax all of the body except the foot being used. People get obsessed with rigid energy, but this is a tremendous waste of chi power. If one wants to do a Taekwondo kick harder, or a good karate kick or kung fu kick, they must learn how to use energy in the body, and energy travels easiest through that which is empty.

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Three Ways to Make a Harder Martial Arts Kick!

I don’t care what art your martial arts kick is form, whether it is a karate kick, a taekwondo kick, or a kung fu kick, these three principles will make it much more efficient. Check out the snippet, then I’ll tell you about the three things.

First, get the knee high before you kick. Break it down to lifting the knee, extending the foot, retracting the foot (to the high knee position). Take your time and work on these parts, then let them come together naturally. The point here is that you will be shooting the foot in straight, not arcing up and then in, but shooting straight.
Second, turn the hips slightly into the kick. This means you must turn the body slightly, from support foot to knee to hip, but you must also tilt the hips slightly upward. The hips are the cornerstone of the body, and by committing them to the action you are putting more body into the action.
Three, and this one is the toughy, sink your weight when you kick.
Many people raise themselves up, straightening the support leg, but this is the wrong way to go. You must bend the knee, sink the weight, and connect the body better to the ground. It may take a while for this method to have effect, but eventually you will start putting a lot more energy into the kick. I know it feels good and powerful to just explode it out there, but if you straighten the support leg you are throwing yourself upwards, hurting your connection to the earth, and not creating as much energy as you can.
Now, as I said before, break the kick down to pieces. Examine each piece, examine the knee, the tilt of the hip, the turn of the foot, and most of all, the sinking of weight. Guaranteed, whether you are doing a Karate kick, a taekwondo kick,or a kung fu kick, the end result will be a martial arts kick that can knock over an elephant!

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The Three Secrets to a Good Taekwondo Kick

taekwondo kickWell, it’s not just a taekwondo kick, but one from Karate or Kung Fu or whatever.

1) get the knee high.

2) tilt the hip into the kick

3) sink the weight as you kick

There are other things you can do, but they have to do with specific kicks. These three items are the stuff that the real martial arts keg techniques are made of. Oddly, they aren’t much taught. But these things are the physics of the body. If you like these kinds of ideas, whether it be in a taekwondo kick, or a karate block, or a kung fu stance, or whatever, check out Power Kicks, it’s a free course (when you get another one) at Monster Martial Arts. You’re going to get a lot of power if you do. Pick up the  ebook on the top  left of the home page–it’s free!