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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-17-2009, 10:28 AM
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My left leg use to suck too man, I've seen girls kicking harder than me. Here's what you should do. Once you have the proper technique down go to the gym on an your off day (lets say u train mon wed fri go on tue and thu or somethin) just kick the bag. But only use your left leg. My left leg kicks have increased dramatically in 2 weeks. I can't emphasize that enough. One of my instructors did this and there's a ton of right handed guys who done this and now there left leg is actually more powerful. Of course if you spent so much time on your right it would be powerful too but it's great nonetheless.
Great tips man i agree fully ...but while your training on your left dont forget your right leg too bro try to stay as even as possible thats as just dangerous
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-25-2010, 01:41 AM
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For the stretching off, I am having a hard time with thrust or push-kicks.

I seem to have a painful cramp in the under-knee from the calf to quad.

Today I thought I stretched enough at least 15-minutes before I trained but to no avail any ideas.

I am doing stair calf-drops where the heels are lower than the step.

Side stretches, butterfly, wall walk where the foot is nearly vertical, a bridge technique from cross-country where your foot is solid on the ground.

and I am putting my heel on 4-5 steps up and leaning back.

But with all of the stretches I am doing I seem to cramp up, can anyone give some pointers please?

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post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-03-2010, 04:19 AM
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i was also having this problem (with my other leg though) and repition is 100% the key mate. just remeber to rotate your hips and you will find the power will just keep increasing
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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-03-2010, 04:48 AM
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Do these two kicks slowly with you left leg as your rear leg

Streach kick lowly kick with your left leg slowly without bending your knee then return to stance

Pendulum kick do a stretch kick but instead of returning to your stance swing your leg through into a back kick.

Do these kicks fast and slowly with your left leg back todevelop balance and that should help allot.

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Alot of people have said some great stuff and had great points, but here's my two cents.

Its a combination of factors that can lead to terrible left leg kicks:

1. Flexability. If its not your dominant side chances are the muscles/tendons/ligaments are not as loose as those on your right. Because of this, when you throw the kick your body naturally counters the balance of the motion, but the tension on the tissues snaps them back involuntarily, throwing you off balance.

2. Technique. A lot of errors in technique i.e. not properly snapping the kick across, or not properly rotating the pelvis, or not properly bending the knee/flexing the leg muscles on the planting leg to counter the torsion of the kick

All in all technique comes over time, as well as flexabilty with liberal stretching will loosen the pelvis and legs.

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Alot of good stuff here. The place i go to has open gym mon/wed/fri in the morning, i will go in and kick the bag for an hour or so. Repetition, repetition, will come with time.

Weird thing is (maybe it is not weird, i just found it strange) im right side dominant but kicking with my left leg was always more natural (technique and power)
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post #17 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-01-2010, 04:50 PM
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what kind of technique were you shown? like, what way were you taught to kick. is this aswitch kick, or a kick from a switched stance?
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