Hi guys I've been really trying to nail the MT roundhouse as of late. I've got a couple of questions that I would really appreciate some answers/thoughts to: 1. How do you determine the rising trajectory fo a MT roundhouse to the body/head? Thus far, I've seen two variations: Where you start by pivoting/turning your hip straight away - this gives the kick a wider arch Where you start by having your hip coming forward (same motion as a knee), only pivoting and turning the hip over when the kick has reached the desired height - this givens the kick a narrower arc My question is: when will you use one variation over the other (e.g. at different ranges/when aiming for different body parts)? I've heard my thai coach say the first variation (w/ the wide arch) is just a poor man's version of the second variation - is that true? 2. How do you determine how much to turn your hips over? Is the following correct: head kick/low kick to outer thigh: almost all the way over (toes of kicking leg should be close to pointing straight down at point of impact) to the body/low kick to inner thigh: only very slightly - your shin should land at a 45 degree angle (thus digging upwards into the rib cage/thigh) If the above is correct, then at what point will you want to land kicks with your shin flush (i.e. wth your shin pointed at 90 degrees/horizontal?). I've noted a lot of people (including myself) land with my entire shin to the body - is there an advantage to this versus landing it at a 45 degree angle? 3. How much do you straighten your leg upon impact? Is range the only determinant for this (bent leg for close/punching range) and straight leg for outside range? 4. Amount of pivot...depends on the amount of time you've got. The optimal amount is to turn until your supporting/non-kicking foot is pointed towards directly backwards (this gives you power and adds range). However, if you are trying to pull a quick kick off then don't turn as much. 5. Hand placement. Is the following correct: At kicking range (and for kicks to the head): swinging the kicking arm down for balance/power; non-kicking arm glued to the side of face or cross guard (cross guard if you think your opponent is going to counter you with a straight punch) At punching range (and for low kicks): swinging your kicking arm out/across (so that your chin/face is shielded by that arm); non-kicking arm glued to the side of face Thanks a bunch!