high kick help

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  1. Cameron

    Cameron Green Belt

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    ive just started some kick boxing traing and i have been boxing and have done karate before. but when i go for high kicks im having trouble getting them up there. i usually hit my opponents in the shoulder not the head where i want. i was wondering dose any one have any advice on how i can get that kick higher and more powerfull?
     
  2. Evil Eye Gouger

    Evil Eye Gouger Gold Belt

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    1) Do not try high kicks yet, you'll only get bad habits. Find a height where you can do a proper, technical kick (or as close as you can get to it). And practice that over and over

    2) Do dynamic stretches every morning. This means leg raises to the front and side in sets of 10-12 until you reach a plateau. Don't swing your leg up without control, go as far as it wants to go, and develop the height over a longer period of time

    3) Do static stretches. Read up on PNF stretching and the proper way to do relaxed stretching. These threads will help you:

    http://www.sherdog.net/forums/showthread.php?t=199254
    http://www.sherdog.net/forums/showthread.php?t=229094
    http://www.sherdog.net/forums/showthread.php?t=210279
    http://www.sherdog.net/forums/showthread.php?t=210956
    http://www.sherdog.net/forums/showthread.php?t=216294
    http://www.sherdog.net/forums/showthread.php?t=225132
    http://www.sherdog.net/forums/showthread.php?t=253185
    http://www.sherdog.net/forums/showthread.php?t=244437
    http://www.sherdog.net/forums/showthread.php?t=241178

    The idea is to learn PROPER technique, and increase the height as your flexibility improves. This is the best way to avoid poor technique and improve your kicks. Trying to kick to the head overnight will give you very poor results.
     
  3. agu0001

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    If you really wanna perfect high kicks u shud do a few classes at a TKD dojo get em to show u good stretches and then u cna incorporate ur kickboxing or muay thai technique
     
  4. DCmoney

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    Start low => Stretch => Go medium => stretch => Go high. Get the theme? You have to stretch to be flexible enough to get it up there. Try this exercise: Stand face to face with your training partner in a ring if you can. Hold the rope with one hand. Practice light kicks on your partner with the opposite leg. Take it one step at a time. As your flexibility improves, try to kick higher and higher. As you become more proficient, move away from the ropes and practice the same thing with proper foot placement, and kicking leg and arm technique. I was the Least flexible person in the history of mankind! tried this technique and it worked for me.

    Good Luck!
     
  5. Marvin Covar

    Marvin Covar Amateur Fighter

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    yeah... what he said.
     
  6. stav

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    Depending on the leg u are using for the high kick the key to it is the flexabilty in the opposite legs hamstring and glute as well as the kicking legs groin.

    The Opposite leg is the pivot and Supporting leg and will strain and stretch your hamstring and glute as u turn your hips to attempt a high kick. The groin on the kicking leg will allow the kick to go higher as well.


    Take it easy to begin with as many have suggested. Build up your flexabilty and also pay attention to your technique.

    Swivel the pivoting leg's foot so that it turns on a 90 degree angle or more to take pressure off your knee and generate more power.

    Explanation in steps :)
    1. Ok standing in a traditional stance left foot forward right foot back.
    2. Back foot (right) comes up off the floor to execute a right foot kick
    3. The hips swivel in order to acheive that round whipping motion of a round house
    4. at the same time the left front foot swivels as well with the hips and turns with the toes pointing to your right at a90 degree angle ( or slightly more or slightly less depending ont he power or hieight of the kick or where your opponent is reletive to you....in front slightly to the left or right...these will all change your body positioning.)

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    Cro Cop uses a number of diffrent high kicks one of them does not seem to involve a huge swivel in his hips or feet.This kick is more of a hybrid beween a Inside Cresent and Round house kick. Its better adapted for close range striking withthe feet to the head.


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  7. Cameron

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    thanks for all the great tips guys, i guess your all right im expecting to be cro cop right now when i need to take my time and get the the basic technique first.
     
  8. Sinister101

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    cameron, your 15, kickboxing, wrestling and have an intrest in becoming a pro MMArtist?

    damn... you sound exactly like me...except canadian.
     
  9. Cameron

    Cameron Green Belt

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    dude thats sick man i hope one day i see you fighting to then good luck man.
     
  10. agu0001

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    haha no fucking way im training wrstling TKD and BJJ , im 15 but im an Aussie
     
  11. scorcho

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    Bas has a few threads on high kicks on here that are pretty good. Check them out with the search function.
     
  12. Cameron

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    sweet thanks
     
  13. Cameron

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    i do some yoga do you think that will help me as for flexibility?
     
  14. aaron_mag

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    I swear to you that Cro Cop kicks too high many times. He usually kicks his own head height. He went right over Fedor's head a couple of times. It was like, "Dude. Six inches lower man!!!"

    Good luck. Great advice has already been given.
     

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