Tag Archives: wheel kick

The Right and Scientific Way to do a Wheel Kick in Taekwondo

taekwondo kick

wheel kick

One would think that the Wheel kicks in Taekwondo are beyond reproach. Unfortunately, it ain’t so. Most people do the Taekwondo Wheel Kick wrong.
Mind you, this is physics we are talking about here, and a physics honed over forty years, so try it before you argue.
The wheel kick should come in horizontal; it is a snap kick on the side. A great exercise is to kick over a chair.
Use the ball of the foot if possible;train to use the ball of the foot. To use the toes is to chancy,and to use the instep is to broad, it is like swinging a baseball bat instead of using a hammer. A hammer is a better tool for the kind of work you do in the martial arts…at least if you want what you practice to remain an art.
Do not go up on the toes or straighten the support leg. This breaks your connection with the ground, which is a sizable source of energy. Simply, you must bolt a machine down if you want it to work most efficiently.
inspect the bone structure so that all the bones are aligned. I find this is a killer. So many people make a fancy foot, but that foot would fall apart upon contact in a real situation.
Align your breathing, breath out when you kick out, and breath in when you retract your foot (deviate only to breath out if you are getting struck).
Now, here is the one that too many people really screw up on. Kick out, and don’t spin or lose balance, but retract the foot in one single motion (no stopping at the cocking position) all the way to the ground. This creates a wholebody whip motion which puts the whole body into the kick.
Okay, think about it all, and if what I makes sense, if you want all the data, and not just a snippet, then check out the Matrix Karate Course on my website. I have bundled a free Kicking course in with Matrix Karate, so it is a real deal. And don’t forget to pick up a free bookwhile you’re there.

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 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!