MT roundhouse

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dan2828

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hi, I'm a MT beginner (had about 10 classes so far) and am struggling with the roundhouse kick. my problem is that i'm kind of leaning forward with my upper body when doing the kick and my instructor keeps telling me to lean back. so should my upper body lean backwards yet face my opponent while my hip is facing to the side (the rotation), or should my upper body also be facing sidewards (i.e. rotate WITH my hip/legs)?? In other words, should there be a twist in my body, or should everything rotate (and only my head face the opponent)? so, when i throw my arm (on the side of the kicking leg) behind my butt, should this actually help keeping my upper body to face forward, or should it just stabilise me as my body turns sideways?? I also don't know when to turn my hip to its fullest extent - right from the start, or just before impact? sorry, hard to explain, might not make much sense.. Please help!!
 
Your entire body should commit behind the kick, driving your shoulders round so that all your weight goes behind the kick. Dropping the kicking leg side hand behind you helps to commit the shoulder forward.
 
when you are performing a roundouse you want to: 1 pick up you leg 2 rotate on your bottom foot to execute 3.rotate you hips so your trunk is facing your side 4 fully execute the kick 5 retract and set down, but put it all into one movement (obviously)


I can clarify this with a video IM me
 
right now he probably wants you to
rotate your whole body together on an axis.

YOu can learn it from doing elbows.

this is before, twirk in your waist & upper body,
or using your hip flexibility.

build foundation then move up to the next level,
you got to go step by step.
 
Only ten classes and you're already throwing a roundhouse? You mean, as in at the head? I've been training for over a year and still don't have the flexibility to kick that high, good for you man. What else have you been practicing so far?

Anyway, you have some good advice in this thread. It's about turning your entire frame. And remember to pivot your stem foot (the one on the ground). Your coach should be able to help you with this.
 
anybody have a link to that thread where Bas talks about doing a round kick?
 
Thanks guys!! Flexibility isn't the problem as I used to do ballet (I'm a girl, not gay:). Anyway, I'll keep practicing.. Any more links to pics or videos etc. would be good?!
 
Just before your shin hits the bag or pads, you want to visualize being able to see your own ass in front of you, from turning your hips over so far. Even if you can't actually do it, it's a good way to remind yourself to really turn the hips.
 
Here's my tip to add to the above: Warm up by kicking the bag 30-50 times each leg. It takes about 5 minutes. At first hit softly, then build up[ the power untill the last 20 are done at full power.

P.S. Girls in MT= Sexy!
 
Chthon said:
Only ten classes and you're already throwing a roundhouse? You mean, as in at the head? I've been training for over a year and still don't have the flexibility to kick that high, good for you man. What else have you been practicing so far?

Anyway, you have some good advice in this thread. It's about turning your entire frame. And remember to pivot your stem foot (the one on the ground). Your coach should be able to help you with this.
A year and you're still quite limited in your flexibility? No offence, but if you're following a regular stretching program you ought to be there by now even if you had very poor flexibility to start with. What sort of stretching do you do and how often?
 
SmashiusClay said:
A year and you're still quite limited in your flexibility? No offence, but if you're following a regular stretching program you ought to be there by now even if you had very poor flexibility to start with. What sort of stretching do you do and how often?
Our training sessions are two hours, the first hour spent with the warm up, stretching, and exercises. Our coach's attitude is that if you tell everybody to stretch and warm up on their own time, they'll just say they did and never actually do it.

Anyway, everyone else who has been training as long as me don't have a hard time with high kicks but right now I have a hard time just kicking somebody in the stomach. Believe it or not, that is actually an improvement from when I first started kicking. You'd be surprised at how inflexible I am.
 
Chthon said:
Our training sessions are two hours, the first hour spent with the warm up, stretching, and exercises. Our coach's attitude is that if you tell everybody to stretch and warm up on their own time, they'll just say they did and never actually do it.

Anyway, everyone else who has been training as long as me don't have a hard time with high kicks but right now I have a hard time just kicking somebody in the stomach. Believe it or not, that is actually an improvement from when I first started kicking. You'd be surprised at how inflexible I am.
If you want to improve your flexibility I suggest you take up using dynamic stretches every morning and use isometrics about three times a week. theres plenty of threads or websites if you search but if you want to pick up a good book on the subject I'd recommend "stretching scientifically" by thomas Kurz, i've always had naturally high flexibility but after two months training using his book i ended up doing the splits. two weeks later someone lands on my knee playing rugby and i'm out of training for two months so i lose all my gains and never really bothered to train as hard to regain that sort of flexibility but just maintained at a level where i can happily connect my shin with your head. Still that shows that with a bit of dedication you can make masive strides with proper training.
 
You could try this: put a chair in front of a mirror and practice kicking over it. My kicks used to suck in the beginning then I started doing this and one of the long time students said my kicks are ten times better.
 
if your flexible, your probably lacking snap,
but before learning that, he probably wants
you to learn how to put your body into it,
by doing a full rotation on an imaginary axis like
the earth.
 
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