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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-23-2011, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Hi I am a huge newbie when it comes to MT. I am uploading a video in hopes some knowledgeable members can provide some constructive criticism.

In the video I alternate between left and right kicks. I practice a clinch with some elbow/knee strikes. I need a lot of input on how to execute the standard kick. So please don't hold anything back.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-23-2011, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Is this not the right section or something? I feel like some one by now would have given advice.
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First off everyone who has been in this game for awhile has been where you are - totally new. If you truly want to learn this stuff you need to get into a gym. Period. There are no short cuts.

Videos and asking for advise just won't cut it as a newbie. For example, you need a physical coach at your current stage to point out the physical aspects of things like your posture, how to turn your hips into a strike, etc. Without that kind of personalized instruction all you're doing is going thru the motions and developing bad habits. Once you've spent some time in a gym and developed an understanding of the basics then videos can become helpful.

My 2 cents.. Good luck
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Ya I wish that were affordable, but unfortunately it costs hundreds of dollars monthly in my area for any type of muay thai traning. So unless I'm willing to drive more than an hour out of my way to a gym its not going to happen.

I understand what you are saying and I don't expect to become a highly skilled fighter through practicing on my own and posting videos asking for advice. I was hoping some one could just explain how to throw a muay thai kick properly(I could find this elsewhere I know) but more importantly what I am not doing properly in throwing the kick.

I've been trained in boxing formerly, and in my opinion it isn't too difficult to observe what an un-trained boxer is doing wrong. Not saying I would be capable of catching all of what isn't being done correctly but at least a few things.

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There are a lot of areas where those kicks need work.

Firstly, you're not planting your lead foot. Its sliding around and making your kicks (which need work) worse because you can't drill them in, and it makes you look sloppy. Go through the kicking motion slowly, and repeatedly. Focus not on the kick itself, but shifting your weight onto one leg and not sliding around with that leg. Also: lose the socks. they ruin traction and make an injury a much more likely scenario.

The kick itself is really in need of work. You're not drilling the kick in it seemed like. More just slapping the bag with your shin/instep. Work with low kicks or body kicks at the most to make sure you can drive the shin bone into the bag with power AND technique. Watch demo videos on youtube to make sure you're getting the technique as exact as possible.

The rest of the body: During the kick, your body mechanics are all off. It looked as though you were tensing up before throwing the kick. Don't do that. Throwing a kick with any kind of power is a fluid movement. Hip rotation, core rotation, the snap of the leg. Its something that comes with time.

Work it slowly and repeatedly and watch your core, hips and legs move. The best way to become good at a technique is to understand how the technique works. Over time as you keep throwing the kicks they'll become more fluidic and powerful.

People will always tell you to get into a gym or your shit. But frankly, unless you're going to compete in MMA in the next six months to a year, its a waste of money. Basic combative skills do not require a coach, the first man to throw a punch didn't need someone to show him, the first man to block a punch didn't need someone to show him how.

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Check Youtube. There's on poster on there who has some old but good videos regarding how your feet and hips should move during kicks. Few pointers: step out at a 45 degree angle so your shin comes in parallel to the opponent's chest; pivot on your standing foot for max. power; pull the leg all the way back into fight stance after each and every kick; keep your hands up.
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