Kicking / spar advice - using only the lead leg to kick.

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  1. millasur

    millasur Blue Belt

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    Hi,

    Bit of a strange question an you guys offer up a lot of good advice soooooooooo:

    You may or may not know - I broke my foot in Dec 2006. (badly lol). I won't be allowed to kick with it for at least 6 months - a year I think, so at the moment I am training with one leg effectively.

    I have been working my left kicks on the bag a lot (which are quite weak :( ) and my standing leg is the right (previously broken) one. (as in it can't take the kicking impact, but I've built the strength back up to allow it to be the standing leg.)Was doing some sparring/ shin conditioning with a mate at the weekend and noticed a few major issues. (could be down to lack of experience or just the shock of using one leg so we'll see wat you thik..)

    I can't seem to get any penetration with the kicks.- What happened mostly was I'd throw an inside leg kick with my left leg, it would be blocked and I would block a retaliatory kick from the rear leg. Teeps were OK, but I cudn't really get much out of the left round kick.

    Aside from inside leg kickin gwhich wasn't very successful (being quite easy to block) the only other kick I could offer up was a hard round kick to the ribs. SO, not really enjoying having no real use of my rear leg. Any ideas / suggestions / stuff to work on would be gladly received. Sorry if that was explained like rubbish as well, been a long day lol I can explain if anyone needs it...

    Cheers
     
  2. stlnl2

    stlnl2 Blue Belt

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    Rob Kaman was VERy good at hitting guys rear leg with a switch kick. Also I would work your flexibility alot, as a fast sharp lead kick to the head is hard to see coming.
     
  3. ssullivan80

    ssullivan80 see....what had happened was

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    Exactly!

    Spend time on footwork drills to speed up your switch kick.

    If you feel your skill is sufficient, start fighting out of a southpaw stance every once in a while, keeps that left kick from getting too predictable.
     
  4. funkgsus

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    If you broke ur foot, you won't be able to kick as hard with your other leg because it taes two feet to throw a kick, one to do the kicking and one that has to take the rotaion and planting, which is alot of stress. I know the feeling, I busted my ankle so I feel your pain. What you should do is go get some physio advice and get it healed up quickly. The exercises will help you build back the muscle lost and get you back on the road to power kicking in no time.
     
  5. millasur

    millasur Blue Belt

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    Been watching his Kaman heavy bag training instructional vids, have been helpful he switches up the combos a lot so I was just watching for the ones I could use. The man has crazy technique! And yes his switch kick is v nice.

    Oh and to ^ poster, I can only use the broken foot to stand on, it wont be able to take the impact of throwing a kick, possibly ever again. So I'm seriously training the good leg in the view that I'm going to use it all the time.
     
  6. Kühle Hand Luke

    Kühle Hand Luke Mr. Cool Hand Luke Ice

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    push kicks off the lead leg can be effective if your other leg can support you
     
  7. MonstrositY

    MonstrositY Brown Belt

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    step to the side with you backfoot, and swing. it's kinda like stepping forward withe your back foot then kicking with the other foot, but it's not the same. it's not that easy to telegraph and you can get good reach power from it.
     
  8. Kühle Hand Luke

    Kühle Hand Luke Mr. Cool Hand Luke Ice

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    my left leg is actually stronger than my right
     
  9. millasur

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    To the side as in just outwards? Or you mean slightly behind and to the side? I think you mean just outward, the idea seems strange but I'll give it a go on the bag 2nite...

    Oh and I can only do teeps off my lead leg now, it is the only leg I can use for any kind of kicking. The previously broken one will just be used for standing on evermore lol.:icon_sad:
     

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