With punches i let them go full on no prob...in boxing sparring i hold my own with anyone in the gym. But i cant put kicks into my stand up...and if i do there off balance and half assed...sometimes i pull back too.
Also how do you get that reaction times for checking kicks...i never get that intill the kick has already hit me.
Spend a lot of time with bag work. You have to get your stance and all that down. Say if your doing an outside leg kick dont try to kick the outside kick like your kicking the inside if the other leg....Kick through just like your puching through....If you hesitate with a kick it will get checked and that isnt fun at all trust me lol
I'd say if your having trouble keeping your balance break down the kick and perform it very slowly keeping technique and balance through the entire movement. Basically keep working on technique with the kicks because i'm guessing if your kicks are half assed i'd assume you don't have much confidence in them, if you work on technique and balance then after time confidence will come in your kicks. If your focused on connecting with something like a bag/pad/sparring partner your not completely focused on your kick and more focused on connecting with your target if you remove the target and focus on the kick you'll really improve them.
If your sparring and you don't have good controlled kicks i don't think its the best idea to use them while sparring because you could hurt some one or yourself.
As for reaction time at my gym we stand toe to toe and throw leg kicks (not full force but enough to feel). similar to when you see people trading punches to each other's abs.
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Last edited by dirtnasty : 06-13-2010 at 11:53 PM.
Kicking can be very difficult to mix in effectively without losing balance, keeping them powerful and not opening yourself up to easy take downs.
When doing practice with a heavy bag do basic jab -> cross -> leg kick -> head kick. The kicks themselves should be quickly chambered and snapped and not pushed.
Something that TKD has taught me over the years is that most leg kicks should be done with your leading leg as they are quick and hard to counter. To follow up that kick you can fairly easily follow it up with a kick from your rear leg or a punch combo.
In the next few weeks I want to get some videos taken of the training and drills on the heavy bag that I have been doing for examples to show as an addition to my workout log... Feel free to ask any questions also as I am always glad to help.
The best way that I would consider the do this is to focus on bag work. Your stance may be the problem, because a stance of a boxer may be a bit off from what I needs to be in order to kickbox. So I would consider looking into your stance. Also it is a good idead to do a crap load of kicks in a row. Like ten 10's as fast as you can, and ten 9's as fast as you can, this will help your balance and stepping. Another good combo to work on this is 1,10 to a 1,2,9. Try mixing up the kicks to leg, head, and body. Throw power into your kicks because you have to get used to handling kicking hard and staying on balance with only one leg on the ground.