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Discussion in 'Standup Technique' started by nhbjpj, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. nhbjpj

    nhbjpj Banned Banned

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    I am having trouble getting speed in my kicks but I have no problem with the power.Should I wear weights on my leg when im kicking the bag or what?how do you develop speed?
     
  2. Kick faster. Work on kicking as fast as you can with technique and power still on the bag. Your muscles will develop so that your body recognizes the need to kick fast, so it adapts, and you kick faster.
     
  3. True2KungFu

    True2KungFu King Of No Pants

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    like he said, kick light on the bag but extremely fast.

    but the mother of all speed training is constant repitition. In the beginning i would throw roundkicks and front kicks for 2 hours a day 5 days a week in highschool...... im not saying you need to go that extreme but constant repitition, several hours a week. It will take time.

    and to help that out even more do proper weight training, plyometrics and sprints. Thats all the answers for you.
     
  4. Mark Limbaga

    Mark Limbaga Amateur Fighter

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    when hitting the bag, focus on kicking speed, rather than force.
     
  5. BigWayner

    BigWayner Yellow Belt

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    It's all about repetition. Also try sprinting, it gets your legs moving fast and those muscles wil get stonger alowing you to kick faster.
     
  6. aaron_mag

    aaron_mag Purple Belt

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    Do it for years and years and years. You'll get fast...

    ;)
     
  7. Evil Eye Gouger

    Evil Eye Gouger Gold Belt

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    One word: relax.
     
  8. deadlyshaolin

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    Do a lot of core work (abs). Strengthening your core will make your kicks faster. But also repetition, of course.
     
  9. Reveen

    Reveen Purple Belt

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    That's the best advice, by far in this thread. Also, I would strongly advise against wearing ankle weights while kicking: it could'nt be good for your joints, especially knees.
     
  10. Marvin Covar

    Marvin Covar Amateur Fighter

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    you could also try doubles or triples.
     
  11. Ultrashogun

    Ultrashogun Red Belt

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    Yeah thats it, its all about being loose.
     
  12. falloutvomb

    falloutvomb Yellow Belt

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    yes relax, and to help this find a song you like with a good beat and try starting the kick when a certian beat is played. it helps let all your body know when its firing.

    i could help a little more if i knew what kick you are trying to generate but what i would recommend doing is placing your base leg and hips closer to where the kick ends

    so for an example with an instep kick i would point my front foot past my target and then throw my hips and then my leg.

    also remember to get muscle memory you need numbers

    fast kicks arnt really that they are going 90+ mph its how fast they go from a dead stand still to full speed.

    hope this helped, ps dont try ankle weights on a kick you will do great damage to yourself
     
  13. killer_kicks88

    killer_kicks88 Green Belt

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    repitition, kick a lot, not in the air unless you don't like your knees, you will build up, provided you are kicking with proper form then you will just get faster and faster by kicking a lot, good luck
     
  14. Cameron

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    use some light ankle weights and then practice getting that off fast and hard for a long time, and the repitition, and the weights should build the fast twitch muscle more.
     
  15. Evil Eye Gouger

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    I personally don't suggest kicking with ankle weights, as the possibility for injury is enormous. From muscle pulls and tears, to damaged ligaments and joints.

    Weight training + kicking repetition is a much better combination, IMHO.
     
  16. Sohei

    Sohei A Smocking gun

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    I have heard that sprinting helps activate your Type 2 muscle fibers and can increase kicking speed.
     
  17. zenshin

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    do resistance training
     
  18. beatin'stick

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    Relax.... I wouldn't use weights. Exercises for flexibility and balance help kicking, as do core strength moves. i used to pick up a leg and try to fire kicks from the hip at a bag w/o putting my foot down between. Very good for hip and trunk muscles.

    Then plyometric exercises, which are basically anything involving fast explosive motions. Short hard sprints on hills, stair running (hop up on one leg, then the other, then alternate 5 each foot, then take two at a time, then hit every step as fast as you can, then see how many you can take with each two-footed jump, etc..) focus on fast and explosive.

    weightlifting is good, too, but train the speed in after you build the muscle or you get slow, strong muscle.
     
  19. STOCK DIESEL

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    sprints are how i increased leg speed. just work ond that and flexibility and you should do good....
     
  20. SKD

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    I never did much kickboxing but coach said that for anything, punching or kicking, throw it relaxed and tense it up at the last second. Saves energy and makes it much more quicker (and more powerful)
     

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