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Old 07-11-2006, 01:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey. I'm having a hell of a time getting my kicks above the midsection. I'm only 5'8" anyway, but I'd like to be able to deliver a head kick. Can anyone recommend any drills I may not know?
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Old 07-11-2006, 01:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks like you have to work on your flexibility. Make sure that you encorporate a lot of stretching (especially dynamic stretching) to your work outs. Kick stretches will help with the range of movement, that all comes with a bit of repetition and time. I don't subscribe to the "super-flexibility" stretch exercises, and I don't know how being able to pull the splits while being suspended between 2 chairs helps you fight. Sure, it's great for book covers, but successfully winning fights can get you there just as quick.

But since you noted that you have a hard time kicking above your mid-section, you might take that as an opportunity to work on your form. As it is, the greatest amount of power that can be generated in a kick is generally from the mid-section down, and high kicks tend to be extremely high-risk in actual fights.

Then again, so are flying armbars. But knowing that you can pull it off is always a great thing. In any case, this book right here is a great start for training kicks. It is written by grandmaster Hee Il Cho, who has been studying and practicing Tae Kwan Do for the majority of his life. Sure, TKD is popular in the MMA ring, but you can't deny that TKD practitioners know how to throw kicks. I have the book myself, and it not only breaks down the kinesthetics of each individual kick, but it also has drilling routines, stretching routines and strength exercises for each kick.
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Old 07-12-2006, 11:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Plenty of stretching and alot of practice
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Old 07-12-2006, 12:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yea if you want to study an art to help you with kicks TKD is great as it stresses form and flexibility.. but I'd got for TKDs grand daddy which has better application Tang Soo Do
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If u want to improve ur flexibility than PNF (proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) is the way to go!

Its not as complex as it sounds!

As a personal trainer and massage theripist this is wat i use on clientswho want to improve their flexibility.

if anyone is interested i can explain how to do it?
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please do.. this is a new one to me..
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Start working you're way up while kicking the bag, gradually make note of where you're kicks are. I'm about you're size and for the most part head kicks are about complete extension with the legs, but if flexibility is the problem then I'll wait for trainer to reply.
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Old 07-18-2006, 10:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Stretch. Kick with Weights on your Ankles. Spend time to Kick Bags. Take time out for Kicking Drills, Schedule Private Lessons at your Gym.
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To know for sure i would have to assess u personally, but generally the muscles that are an issue with kicks are the hamstrings (back of thigh) and adductors (groin and inner thigh) also possibly calves.

The basic Idea behind PNF is to stretch the muscle as far as it will go, then Isometrically contract the muscle against a resistance (for 5-15 secs)
then stretch it further, hold the stretch (for 10-15 secs) then repeat the process 3-5 times.

this works much better with a partner, (especially one who knows wat they're doing) but it can be done by yourself
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