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boba7523 11-05-2011 03:10 PM

Techniques for Learning to Balance When Doing Roundhouse Kicks?
Hi guys,

I just started learning muay thai a couple months ago and my kicks are still very weak. I also have a hard time maintaining balance after doing the kick and going back to stance. Do you guys have any technique on how to balance on the pivoting leg?

Squirrelfighter 11-06-2011 09:11 AM

Use this Yoga position, except don't do that shit with your hands, put them in whatever your guard is. Holding that position for however long you can (even if you have to occasionally grab something to stay up) will help develop the accessory muscles that help you maintain balance.

Beyond that, its about repitition. Throwing hundreds upon hundreds of low kicks is about the only way there is to be good at them. The same for body and high kicks.

Also work on your flexability, if somewhere along the kick one of your muscles/tendons are too stiff or aren't flexible enough yet, it can throw your whole body off balance.

OneManArmy 12-06-2011 04:04 PM

^^ well said, theres no better way then just practise, practise, and more practise.

slapshot 12-06-2011 04:14 PM

Youre new it just takes time.

Voiceless 12-06-2011 04:34 PM

Implement sessions in your training where you do your kicks slowly, extremely slowly. It helps to get aware of and develop correct technique which will help you with your balance. And as Squirrelfighter said, the specific muscles and also the neuronal connections have to be developed as it's a body motion you're not yet used to. That takes some time.

Another way to improve your balance is to stand on one leg as often as you can. There is plenty of "dead" time in your day where you can do it without losing time: right in morning, while taking your breakfast out of the fridge, in the bathroom while brushing your teeth, under the shower, while waiting for the bus, in the elevator to your office (if you don't use the stairs for a little cardio workout) etc.

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