Martial Arts Tips : How to Increase the Height of a Taekwondo Side Kick

Martial Arts Tips : How to Increase the Height of a Taekwondo Side Kick


Hi everybody I’m John Graden from the Martial
Arts Teacher’s Association and johngraden.com. How do you throw a sky high side kick in Tai
Kwon Do? Well it’s one of my favorite techniques and one of the beauties for me in traditional
martial arts doing kata and traditional techniques is the athletic coordination challenge and
when you are doing forms competition and I still compete in forms throwing a high kick
with good form has a higher degree of difficulty so typically it is looked upon better and
you get more favor for it, I’m not going to say more points because it is not quite that
standardized but it does increase the level of difficulty which works to your favor in
competition. It is not necessarily the most practical technique in the world but it is
a traditional art that we try and do as accurately as possible. This is what it looks like. In
my form kabeck which I will be doing this weekend there is a technique where I go from
here, punch, and then a back leg side kick. The back leg side kick is going to come from
this leg and the key is that you want to commit to the kick, commit to the kick. It is really
important. In other words I’m not just going to throw it with surface execution, see that
is surface execution, like dance I’m just kind of showing it to you. And that is not
a good side kick because with a good side kick you commit to the kick, you blast it
out there hard and that helps you to get height on the kick and second to that the supporting
foot really has to pivot hard. If I don’t pivot this foot the hip doesn’t get around
and I’m going to have a hard time getting it high enough and I want to pivot really
hard and drive that kick, explode it out into the target. For flexibility we want to work
on the inner groin, the hips, and the lower back. Why the lower back? A good form side
kick has the kicker maintaining somewhat of an upright position. We want to avoid leaning
on those kicks which looks bad when it is performed so here is a stretch you may not
have seen before that helps with side kick and here we go. We’ll go down from here into
your horse stance and knees bent, put the forearms between your knees and when you do
a stretch like this it is a little uncomfortable so your body naturally guards, it naturally
tenses up a little bit so you have to mentally override that so just breath and override
it and open up your legs. From here I’m going to drop into a mini split so from here my
knees go right across my hips. I’m not sitting back, I’m not sitting forward, I’m right in
the middle and I’m continuing to push my legs apart and sometimes you are going to have
somebody push your hips down from the back, rock back and forth just a little bit, push
it out and next roll on one leg, extend your side kick and roll towards it. Notice that
here my knees across my hips, out to the leg are in a straight line I’m not stepping back
or sitting back or sitting forward too much and I’m really prying those legs apart and
then I do the other side, same thing stretch it out, get it out there and then I’ll come
back to the center, stretch here some more and then I’ll go into my full split and come
back up again. Two elements to high side kick, one, commit to it, two, work your flexibility.
I’m John Graden. I hope that helps. Thanks.

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