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#199065 - 10/30/05 05:49 PM Side Kick
WaTah Offline
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Registered: 10/30/05
Posts: 8
Hi, Im a 14 year old who just started Tae Kwon Do a week ago.

Im having problems doing side kick correctly. I go from free sparing stance, and take my back foot and step forward with it, putting it behind my front foot, heel facing twords target. then i just lift my knee up and thrust. This reall hurts my groin and inside leg tendons whenever I try and kick higher than my waist.

Am I doing it wrong, and if so, how do I correct it. I also have the same problem with spin Kick.

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#199066 - 10/30/05 05:59 PM Re: Side Kick [Re: WaTah]
JoelM Offline
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Registered: 07/26/04
Posts: 6355
Loc: Georgia, USA
Whether or not you are using correct form is for your instructor to decide, we cannot see your technique.

As for the height of your kicks, do not kick higher than you are able to comfortably. After more stretching and training you will be able to kick higher. If you try to kick higher than you are able now you will only hurt yourself and set yourself back even more while you are healing.

When I first started at the age of 21, I could side-kick no higher than my knee. At my best I was able to side-kick to about solar plexus height. I am currently working on getting back to that level and better. Do you know how I am doing that? By stretching and kicking more.

Focus on correcting your technique at a level at which you are physically comfortable training at, the basics(correct form) are the most important thing for you to do right and spend the most time on.

Congrats on your new interest. Don't force anything, you have the rest of your life to get better. Rome wasn't built in a day.
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#199067 - 10/31/05 12:32 AM Re: Side Kick [Re: WaTah]
Joe7987 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/05
Posts: 317
Loc: Orlando, FL
I'm a white belt myself.. I began a little less than a month ago..... so I'll tell you what I've found out so far.

1. Do NOT try to kick hard at first.
2. If the inside of your leg (the bendy part) begins hurting, you're probably kicking too hard.
3. You can not kick very high at first... the more you practice and stretch, the higher you'll be able to kick.
4. Go through the motion VERY slowly over and over again... Slowly bring your leg up, slowly chamber, slowly extend, slowly rechamber, slowly bring your leg down. This helps with balance and technique.

Good luck. I'm still working with it too =o)

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#199068 - 10/31/05 09:23 AM Re: Side Kick [Re: WaTah]
MAGon Offline
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Registered: 07/22/03
Posts: 1736
Loc: Miami, Fl.
Quote:

Hi, Im a 14 year old who just started Tae Kwon Do a week ago.

Im having problems doing side kick correctly. I go from free sparing stance, and take my back foot and step forward with it, putting it behind my front foot, heel facing twords target. then i just lift my knee up and thrust. This reall hurts my groin and inside leg tendons whenever I try and kick higher than my waist.

Am I doing it wrong, and if so, how do I correct it. I also have the same problem with spin Kick.




Hi, Wa!
I'm not a TKD stylist, but from your description and what I've seen of the art it doesn't seem like you're doing something grossly wrong. Odds are if you were, your instructor would've said something to you by now.
To me, it sounds like you're having the normal beginners' problems with that pesky kick.
The other guys have given you very good feedback. I can't think of anything further to add as practical advice. What I can add is that the side kick was the kick that gave me the most trouble to learn. It took me about 10 yrs. before it felt comfortable. Not that I couldn't do it, just that it was awkward and uncomfortable. Nowadays I do it without a thought.
I will add that I see very little reason to go high with this kick. The targets on which the side kick is effective are to be found at the highest point at sternum- brachial plexus level, and from there on down. So worry about stretching and achieving good form and never mind about going high.
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#199069 - 10/31/05 04:30 PM Re: Side Kick [Re: WaTah]
schanne Offline
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Registered: 02/18/04
Posts: 4370
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One time I too asked the same question about a technique to my Sensei and his answer was, "did you practice the kick five hundred times yet"? If you did I'm sure you will work out all the bugs.
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#199070 - 10/31/05 11:52 PM Re: Side Kick [Re: WaTah]
tkdkid5282 Offline
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Registered: 09/26/05
Posts: 167
Loc: Georgia
i worked 8 montes on this baby 2 times a week an hour ir mor for comp team practice,maser kim barely accepted perfect. first make sure to bring your leg up to your chest and turn you;r entire body sideways nbti just your elg. next shoot the leg out with a thrust of power...from hte hips not from the leg muscles and when you pull it back in..bring it back to the position you started in..do bnto brong you;re heel back to you're butt. Side kick is one of thoise things it just takes time to work on..just have fun woith it and do you;re best. good luck.
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#199071 - 10/31/05 11:53 PM Re: Side Kick [Re: tkdkid5282]
tkdkid5282 Offline
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Registered: 09/26/05
Posts: 167
Loc: Georgia
i can realte to you too..although i am a black belt...i am still younger them most people on the forum. girl..age 16
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#199072 - 11/01/05 12:12 AM Re: Side Kick [Re: tkdkid5282]
JoelM Offline
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Registered: 07/26/04
Posts: 6355
Loc: Georgia, USA
Quote:

i worked 8 montes on this baby 2 times a week an hour ir mor for comp team practice,maser kim barely accepted perfect. first make sure to bring your leg up to your chest and turn you;r entire body sideways nbti just your elg. next shoot the leg out with a thrust of power...from hte hips not from the leg muscles and when you pull it back in..bring it back to the position you started in..do bnto brong you;re heel back to you're butt. Side kick is one of thoise things it just takes time to work on..just have fun woith it and do you;re best. good luck.



Dude!!! Spell check, PLEASE!!

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#199073 - 11/01/05 01:05 AM Re: Side Kick [Re: JoelM]
MikeMartial Offline
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Registered: 12/18/03
Posts: 767
Loc: Alberta, Canada
I've always said those auto-spellchecks are the bane of todays youth.....English teachers must be committing suicide at an incredible rate.
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#199074 - 11/01/05 01:15 AM Re: Side Kick [Re: MikeMartial]
JoelM Offline
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Registered: 07/26/04
Posts: 6355
Loc: Georgia, USA
I'd rather them use spell check than slop out this drivel, I can barely understand it.

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