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The Hardest Karate Kick The Bully Never Saw Coming!

The Hardest Kick of this tale happened while I was studying Chinese Kenpo Karate.
Now Kenpo has good kicks, but they don’t specialize in them. There was one fellow though, a skinny guy name of Ted, that liked kicks. He had the long physique, liked to run, and his legs were loose, noodly, and powerful.
They were powerful because every day, before and after class, he would do hundreds of kicks per leg per kick. While the rest of us would be yawning and stretching and trying to touch our toes, he would be in front of the heavy bag, smashing it with a variety of kicks, over and over and over. He just didn’t stop.
One day he was driving his car through San Jose, and he cut into traffic, and the guy behind him laid on the horn like he was trying to wear it out.
Ted stopped, got out of the car, and held his hands up, palm out, to signify that her didn’t want to fight. He just wanted to talk, cool the guy off.
The guy who got out of horn honking car was big. He was six inches taller and a hundred pounds heavier. Not only that, he was solid, packed with muscle. Rhoid rage.
Ted says, “Hey, sorry, didn’t mean to–”
The big guy swung.
Ted shifted back slightly and kicked the guy in the chest. It was a wheel kick. Hard and snappy like a front snap kick, but coming in on the side, horizontal. And it was beautiful.
The big guy sat down. Hard. He looked down and rubbed his chest. One second he had been about to beat up a hippy looking guy, the next second he was…he got up, and now he was really pissed.
“I don’t want to fight!” pleaded Ted. I don’t–”
The big guy rushed.
Ted stepped back, popped a wheel kick to the chin.
The guy’s head snapped back, and his body turned into sand. It just poured down onto the ground and laid there. Totally unconscious.
Now, I became inspired by Ted’s feat.
I began doing hundreds of kicks per kick per leg every day. I went through Karate systems, some of which were the base systems behind Taekwondo. Always I searched for the good, the hard, and the powerful.
Mind you, I don’t ever want to kick somebody. But…if I had to, I want them to go down as quick and fast as Ted’s bully.
Anyway, I’ve been training for decades now, and I don’t kick as much, but I put all the data I learned into a free kicking course. I attached it to a Karate course. So, if you want good kicks, if you want the real story behind them, check out some of the stuff on my site. You’ll usually find the Hardest Kick you could ever want bundled into a course, or put together with the book on Hard Punching. Look around, see if you like it. It’s Monster Martial Arts.

The Three Things That Make For The Most Powerful Kick In The Universe!

Whether you do Silat, Gung Fu, Krav Maga, or whatever, what I am going to tell you in will give you the most Powerful Kick on earth. This is because this is the way the body is designed to function. This is the actual physics of the human shape, not mystical bushwah or wishful thinking.

The first thing you must know is that the secret to a good kick is a high knee. Yes, there is a leg raise type of foot maneuver, but this is more for quick scoops and pops to the groin or some other low area. But we want to deal with the foot to the midsection or head.

When you lift up your knee you raise your foot and then you are able to drive the foot in on a straight line. This means that there will be a more efficient line between your body and the target. Practice kicking over a chair or some other object to get this one.

The second thing that is of vital important is to tilt the hips. This is entirely overlooked by martial arts senseis, and yet it is extremely important. The hips are the cornerstone of martial arts techniques, you see.

They have much weight behind them, and it is crucial to put this weight to work in the kick. Just a slight tilt or turn, depending on the kick is all it takes. The way to practice this is to hold a broomstick against your hips and watch how the ends move.

The third thing is you must make sure you sink your weight when you do a kicking technique. This is the one that everybody overlooks, and it is the most important. Simply, machines work best when they are bolted down.

Bend the knee of your support leg when the kick is at the end of the snap or thrust. This will not only fasten your body to the earth, it will create energy in the tan tien. This energy can be channeled into the technique.

These three items, and especially dropping your weight, should actually be put into all your moves. These are conformed exactly to how the body works. If you want the most powerful kick on earth, be it in Hapkido, Kenpo, Kung Fu, or whatever, then these are the three things that will get you there.

Here’s an old but useful article which can be adapted to powerful kicks. There’s a free Power Kicks Course bundled into the Matrix Karate Course, which you can find on the front page.

My Favorite and Most Powerful Kick Always Works!

My Favorite and Most Powerful Kick I learned, oddly enough, in Chinese Kenpo Karate. I say oddly because the kenpo kicks, generally speaking, aren’t as powerful as say Shotokan, or Uechi. I suppose this is because Kenpo is a little more tournament oriented, they like the flashier kicks, and so on. All variables, I know.

But, the kick I speak of is a popping, jump spinning side kick.

I know, it sounds a little top heavy in the description, but the secret is that it is so easy.

Place one foot on a wall, then pop/jump to the rear and replace the first foot with your other foot. Told you it was easy.

But I like it because  you reach in with a leaning jab, maybe just a touch to the shoulder, then you pop the kick.

You don’t jump high, but both feet leave the ground as you spin in place.

The reason this works is because the jab sets up the block, and the spin foot then comes in around the block.  The block, you see, is designed for the other side fo the body, and is a sieve.

The true glory of this kick, however, is that to do it properly you have to explode energy from the tan tien. You just do. It’s the only way to make this kick work.

When I used to do lots of freestyle, many years ago, this kick became my bread and butter. Reach to his shoulder, pop the kick in the back door, and take your point.

Simple dimple.

And that’s my Favorite and Most Powerful Kick.

You know, I go into kicks pretty thoroughly on my Power Kicks Course. The thing is…it’s free when you buy Matrix Karate. That’s right. Free. Check it out at Monster Martial Arts.