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Old 09-27-2008, 01:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Trouble with high kicks

I'm a southpaw, and recently I've started trying to utilize my left high kicks more. Unfortunately, it seems like every time I spar a taller opponent and try them they end up being awkward and without power or I end up off-balance. I don't think it's an issue of flexibility, since I've got a 170-175 degree range of motion, and I never have trouble kicking at head height or higher with power on the heavybag, so I don't think it's an issue of poor technique. Maybe high kicks just don't work on opponents that're taller than you? Or am I missing something here?
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Old 09-27-2008, 03:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It could be they are already too close by the time you get there. Do you step into your kicks or kick on the spot?
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I don't step into the kick with high kicks, no. Although it could be the range that I'm screwing up on.
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Old 09-28-2008, 02:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Have you tried working those high kicks on focus mitts?
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Old 10-03-2008, 06:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It's harder to high kick a partner than a bag, because you have to limit the power and control the leg...
That's how it is for me at least
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I agree with Zemelya's comment, you mentioned kicking on the heavy bag, is that the only place you practice your round kick? Prehaps you should try some round kicks whilest shadow boxing because this gets you used to practicing the follow through and getting used to the sensation of not have a solid target to hit, as Zemelya said in sparring you have to pull the kick up short yourself which you do not have to do on a heavy bag, another advantage of practicing on thin air is that if covers the 'What if I miss?' factor in a fight situation, you could also try kicking a focus mit/ paddle or similar light target that you will be able to push right through as Cyclist suggested.
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