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Classical Round Kick Technique (with images)

How to perform the kick
1. Facing forward, lift the thigh to the side of the body with the knee pointing out to the side.
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2. Perform the following movements as fast as you can, simultaneously ending at the same time:
(a) rotate the thigh around so that the knee points forward,
(b) extend (straighten) the leg out,
(c) rotate the hips forward by rotating on the supporting foot.
(The ball of the foot is the striking weapon.)
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4. Bend the leg back keeping the knee forwards to act as a guard.
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5. Return the leg to a stable posture.
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Try to avoid:
a) Extending or recoiling the leg with the knee lower than the ankle.
b) Striking with the toes (risking a break) or top of foot (hyper-extending the ankle).
c) Cutting short the initial lift to the side.
d) Waving the arms around.
e) Lifting up high onto the ball of the supporting foot in an effort to gain height. This affects the stability of the technique.
f) Looking all around (at the floor etc.)
g) Hesitating after the initial lift and losing the momentum of the lower limb.

Hints and tips
It is also advisable to practice positioning the hands into a suitable guard position.
When performing the kick free-in-air, it may help to pull back the forward arm to act as a counter balance to prevent 'overshooting'. Note that this is not required when striking a solid target as the impact itself provides the backward force.
In a combat situation, the shin can also be used as the striking weapon.
The speed of the technique can be increased slightly by using the foot to 'push off' from the floor during the initial lift.

Freestyle Variant:
Power is sacrificed for speed in this case and the 'round' tragectory of the foot is cut much shorter.
a) The thigh need not be brought up to the side of the body as in the classical version. Instead, just bring the leg up so that the knee faces towards the target.
b) No hip rotation is needed (except perhaps to aid with kicking higher).
c) Since contact is light, The instep can be used as the striking area.
d) The kick is delivered from the forward leg.

Article by: gokarate
Copyright © 2006

Article date: June 2006.

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