Best training tool for developing side/back kicks Tkd/karate dudes, GTFIH!!

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  1. MaxMMA

    MaxMMA Green Belt

    Dec 12, 2016
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    What's the most important training aid to help develop correct side/back kicks. What is the best pad or shield for practicing these kicks?

    I have practiced these kicks on, curved shields, Thai pads, body shields, blast pad(the thick but squishy pad) I think that's what it's called, and I've worked them on the heavy bag. Personally I liked the curved shield and the blast pad best for practicing these kicks.

    Any technical tips or equipment recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
  2. ARIZE

    ARIZE Blue Belt

    Oct 18, 2014
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    Gazing into the abyss
    Best equipment for that are the curved shields, or just straight shields you see in TKD... But that just a detail.

    The important thing is someone to show you the proper technique and correct you while you do it until you have a good form.

    Understand the difference between all kinds of back kicks and all kinds of side kicks (basic stationary back kick, jumping attacking back kick, jumping defensive back kick, donkey kick... Defensive side kick, jumping defensive side kick, jumping attacking side kick, pushing side kick, side step side kick, front foot side kick, back foot side kick, and all the other variations)

    Understand how to retract, and where to put down your kicking leg, to be in a good position to continue your combos. Not the same if you just put it down in front of the opponent as a lead leg, or put it all the way back, if you put it down in the outside or the inside... Understand that the momentum after the contact, will have a big part in the decision where you will put it down.
    Specially for the back kick, you have different options: Continue the rotation the same way after contact, doing a 360. Put it back the way it came (180-180), put it back straight down, in front the other foot, put it back with a small jump, to the place where your other foot was, etc...

    Train them like any other strike: repetition repetition repetition

    Train them in slow motion

    Train them with contact

    Train them without contact

    For the side kick, the way you retract your knee up before extending the leg is very important, but again, a trainer must watch it to correct the movement...

    Contact should be made with the heels, or the blade, not the toes.

    For the basic side kick with the front leg, from a bladed stance, you must use your body as a whip, with the hips been the part that makes the biggest movement (not talking about the leg). You kinda make your hips go sideway/backward like taking a run-up while you contract the knee, then you thrust your hips sideway/forward while you extend the leg.

    Understand what combination of strikes are good with those, because (specially with the back kick) your balance, your stance, will limit some options.

    Understand that different stances (MT vs TMA) have also a big impact on the way you throw them. For example with a MT stance, for the back kick, you may need to do a small step with your front foot to the side to help with the rotation, in TKD you don't need that, and it's a huge tell if you do...

    And specially for the side kick, flexibility is a key do your stretchings...
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2017

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