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Tae kwon do Kicking Techniques Detailed

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  • All tae kwon do kicking techniques should be practiced with both legs following the same basic movements, ten times per side each leg. Going slowly is great and allows you to concentrate on fundamentals. The lower the kick, the easier to control. Donít feel you have to kick high to be performing the correct technique. A goal of kicking to belt-level is good for the beginner.

  • Don't feel you have to kick high to be performing the correct technique. A goal of kicking to belt-level is good for the beginner.

  • Concentrate on the basics. You are building a foundation for the rest of your tae kwon do kicks structure to sit upon. Without a good foundation, the whole building will crumble.

  • Remember to Ki hap! The ki hap focuses your power onto your target. Ki hap loudly each time you strike your target (real or imaginary).

  • Remember to keep your upper body relatively upright, donít get into the habit of leaning back to counterbalance the weight of your outstretched leg.

  • Always travel in a straight line toward your target and after you finish contact with that target. This will allow you to learn combination kicking techniques later on.

  • It is equally important to return to your starting point quickly. This habit will improve your endurance and sparring ability in the future.

    The 5 Parts to Excellent Tae kwon do Kicking Techniques

    General Tae kwon do kicking techniques follow these 5 phases.

    There are adjustments to these phases, but basically speaking, all 5 steps make a complete kick. Some of these steps in execution are what make tae kwon do kicks different from other forms of martial arts.

    • Pivoting Foot

      It is important to pivot the foot that remains on the floor so that the heel of the foot rotates around toward the target. You must develop this habit or run the risk of knee injury.

    • Knee Up Chamber

      The kicking leg lifts with bent knee, straight up close to the chest. The knee does not raise to the side of the body like a dog.

    • Open Hip

      Using the hips (rotating the hips into the kick) is what maximizes power and makes TKD kicks unique. It also extends your reach the width of your hips to target and finally, it lets you reach a higher target like the head.

    • Snap Back

      This is also called a "rechamber". This helps you keep your balance, keeps your opponent from grabbing your leg and speeds up spinning kicks.

    • Finish

      Don't just drop the leg to the floor like you're dropping a baseball bat. Rechamber the leg and lower the foot into fighting stance. This allows you to be ready for the next kick and helps complete combination kicks rapidly.

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