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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.

Check out Matrix Karate, you get a free kicking course, complete with form and techniques and drills, with it.

You know, one of the techniques I never see, and which was crucial to learning the martial arts, is the little foot hop when you kick.

Not the big ‘flying chicken kick,’ or the ‘Flying Chicken/Wheel,’ but just a little hop.

The trick is to synchronize the hop, make it quick and fast so it doesn’t slow down your technique, and get the benefit of your weight dropping down the leg, exciting the tan tien, and creating all sorts of extra energy.

On top of that, you get the benefit of adding a little forward thrust, moving the weight into the technique, and that sort of thing.

Heck, it’s really fun to hop kick in and knock somebody on their keister with what looks like a little baby kick.

But it’s the tiny hop that does it.

Opens all sorts of doors.

There’s all sorts of tricks like this in the Power Kicks course. I offer it for free when you get Matrix Karate. at Monster Matial Arts.

Great but Inexpensive Martial Arts Training Device!

Good morning!
The party is over,
and it’s time to get down to some good, hard work!
Let’s start with one of the cheapest,
yet coolest martial arts training devices
I ever came across.
I am speaking, of course, of the humble cinder block.

Now, one of the best exercises
is a simple toss and catch.
You start standing up
with the cinder block held
shoulder height.
Doesn’t have to be straight out,
and you can play with in front,
to the sides,
or whatever.

You drop the cinder block,
as it falls,
you go into a horse stance and catch it
with your fingers.
you are working on an iron stance,
and iron fingers.

You can get a friend and toss the sucker back and forth.

You learn how to grab
without tearing up the skin of your fingers,
you learn how to keep your attention on the turn of the thing
to achieve the best grab,
and so on.

Fantastic exercise

you can put a couple of cinder blocks on the ground
and practice hopping up and down.
Practice hopping up into a stance,
and down into a stance.
Lots of brute strength will develop.
Just be careful,
if a block falls over,
search for a place and way to land
without turning an ankle
or landing on the block.

place a cinder block in front of you
and practice kicking over it.
You have to raise the knee
which is going to put more hips into the kick
and give it more power.
You can turn sideways
and practice your side kick the same way.

you take two cinder blocks and stack them.
Practice your wheel kick over them.
High knee,
hips and weight in the action
and your joints get real loose
and your kick starts to come alive.
You treat your leg like it was a bullwhip.

my personal favorite cinder block work out,
combines a couple of things here
and offers a mini matrix of sorts.
Place a cinder block on the ground
stand on it,
and kick in the four directions.
Turn kick, turn kick, turn kick.
Do a couple of hundred snap kicks with the right leg,
then do a couple of hundred snap kicks with the left leg,
maybe a hundred while turning first in one direction
and then a hundred while turning in the other direction.
Then do the same for the side kick,
then do the same for the wheel kick
or whatever kick you feel like working on.

a word here.
I used to go to class,
and I did okay,
and we’d all breath hard
and act like we had had our tails worked off
after doing ten kicks per side per kick.

But the guys who were winning
were going in the back room
and practicing 200 kicks per side per kick,
and then starting their real work out.

Do you get the idea?

Here it is in simple form…
you can take a walk,
maybe take a few thousand steps,
and not be tired.
so why can’t you do a few thousand kicks
and not be tired?
Once you get past the
‘Oh, that was tough!’
then things open up.
Once you realize that pain is in your head,
and that you just treat it all like taking a walk,
that pure, unadulterated concentration
will get you through the exercise,
then you can start to build up some real reps,
and your kicks will turn into real motherbusters.

It’s the difference between high school,
and a real job.
You know?

with all this in mind,
you might check out the second article I ever wrote,,
it’s in the article section of the Monster,
and I believe it is called
‘The Ultimate Empty Hand Exercise,’
or something like that.
Got pictures,
and a few other things you can do on the cinder blocks.

Okey dokey,
probably time to do my yogata,
I do it every day,
I’ve dropped off a couple more pounds,
shoulder feels great,
feel healthy as a horse.
Here’s the URL
if you want the ultimate combat body

click on this link
The Ultimate Combat Body!

I also wrote a blog on it,
more of an advertisement with articles,
but it’s not bad,
you can find it in the blogroll
at my wordpress blog
Matrix Martial Arts.

That’s about it,
a great exercise,
some places to go for more info,
and a blatant ad for Yogata,
can’t think of anything else.

if you didn’t receive any order you have made
over the last month,
let me know.
The mail is getting back to normal,
but if I have to send anything twice, just let me know.

go get yourself a few cinder blocks,
and have yourself a blast!



Energy and persistence conquer all things.~Benjamin Franklin

Put energy and persistence in the martial arts and you will conquer all things. ~Al Case

It’s choice – not chance – that determines your destiny.~Jean Nidetch

It’s martial arts – not chance – that determines your destiny. ~Al Case

The incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it.~Laurence J. Peter

Even the incompetent, with martial arts to do, will stop making a mess of it. ~Al Case

Send me your wins!

The Best But Cheapest Training Aid For Powerful Kicks

If you’re obsessed like me, then you want powerful kicks that can knock a mule on its tail. Sure, high flying Taekwondo kicks are great, but I want to lift that mugger’s body up and send it sailing. Period.

I’ve looked at a ton of training devices over the years, and some work well, some don’t, some are expensive, but none of them has worked as well as the good old basic training device you can pick up for a couple of dollars down at the orchard supply store. The training device is fairly small, and can be replaced quickly and easily should you break it. The training aid I am speaking of is the 8 x 8 x 16 cinder block.

First exercise is to simply kick over the block. The reason you do this is to train yourself to get your knee high, which will allow you to drive a straighter line into your opponent’s belly. You can easily stack the cinder blocks for different heights, and you can place them so you have to kick over them to strike a kicking bag.

Second exercise is to stand on one leg on the cinderblock and practice your kicks. This is going to build balance and strength. It is fun to do your kicks in the four directions, which will teach you to pivot quickly and easily.

Third exercise, you can place four blocks in a square and start doing your forms atop them. You can go around and around the blocks, change your direction, jump on and off, and your legs are going to get stronger and stronger and fantastically stronger. Obviously, you’re not going to have just powerful kicks, your stances and other movements are going gain much more strength, too.

Here are a couple of things you should know about when you do martial arts on cinder blocks. If the block should tip over, learn how to lift your legs up and search for a landing spot. Also, start with the blocks placed on side, practice a while, then stand them on end.

A cinder block weighs twenty-nine pounds. That means you can use them to do a little weight lifting. You can also, should you feel the urge, test your power by smashing them with a kick or punch.

In closing, cinder blocks are the cheapest training aid, and they can be replaced and used in various ways. Also, there are a bunch of different things you can do, which things are all basic and relate directly to strength and agility. Guaranteed, use these cheapies for a while and you will have mucho powerful kicks!

There’s an article on kicking on the Monster Martial Arts website somewhere, I think it is called The Grand Ultimate Art. Also, I actually give away an entire course on kicking, complete with forms and techniques and drills and everything, when you order Matrix Karate.

Knock an Elephant Over with Good Martial Arts Kicks!

Yes, you can knock an elephant over with Martial Arts kicks. Doesn’t matter if they are Karate kicks, Kung Fu kicks, or whatever, with the proper knowledge and some serious practice, elephants will walk softly around you! And, if you can knock over a pachyderm or two with a foot, that mugger isn’t going to be a problem at all.

Now, first things first, it’s okay to practice the high and fancy kicks, they will give you flexibility, and that will aid in your power. However, when it comes to the street, you want to stick with the basic kicks that are too low and fast to grab. You want to stick with the front snap kick, the side thrust, the wheel (a snap on the horizontal plane), and a spinning (hopping/popping) side to the rear.

Inspect your kick, make sure that the bones are aligned. Stand on the part of the foot that you are kicking with to make sure it can support weight. You can stand on the ball of the foot, so the front snap kick is going to work, but you can’t stand on a side of the foot comfortably, so it is not going to work.

When you kick, make sure you lift the knee high and tilt the hips into the kick slightly. Lifting the knee high enables you to drive the leg in on the target, if you don’t have a high knee the foot may arc and scrape against the target. Tilting the hips, which is done especially with shotokan karate kicks, puts more body weight into the kick.

Practice kicking over a chair, and make sure that you aren’t twisting any body parts at the last second to fit the kick. Also, keep the tan tien over the standing foot, this will help you keep your balance immensely. Also, especially when doing Taekwondo kicks, don’t straighten up the support leg, rather bend it, as this will connect you better to the ground.

Now, you can use karate shoes to do your kicks, but don’t neglect bare foot kicking. If you’re in the woods, and your feet need protection, or perhaps you want to be prepared for a situation where you can’t take off your shoes, then use shoes. But the feeling of barefoot kicking gives you mental feedback as to the exact perfect way to position your leg and foot.

Now, most important of all, practice. Most people think that they can go to class, do ten or twenty kicks per foot, and they will be kick masters. You need to do hundreds of kicks, for each kick, for each foot, and for hundreds of days, if you want to be good.

The kick is a great weapon. It can keep people back and out of range, set up secondary techniques, and, if you have Bruce Lee kicks, end a fight before it even gets started. Guaranteed, you do what I have told you here, and your good martial arts kicks will be making elephant burgers out of those pesky pachyderms!

You can get a FREE Power Kicks course when you get the Matrix Karate course at Monster Martial Arts.