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#336206 - 03/09/04 06:25 PM Re: *My Progress With Kurz*
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Makes total sense. I find that the direction of my supporting foot matters more than the tilt on my hips; that is, the more my supporting foot is facing *away* from the kick or swing, the easier it is. Almost makes it into a back-kick, to a degree.

---I hope this still makes the side swings effective, since that seems to be the hardest one to master.

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#336207 - 03/09/04 06:27 PM Re: *My Progress With Kurz*
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Makes total sense. I find that the direction of my supporting foot matters more than the tilt on my hips; that is, the more my supporting foot is facing *away* from the kick or swing, the easier it is. Almost makes it into a back-kick, to a degree.

---I hope this still makes the side swings effective, since that seems to be the hardest one to master.

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#336208 - 03/23/04 04:54 PM Re: *My Progress With Kurz*
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So...progress. It's what we're all after.

It's coming along....the legs swings are getting higher, hip pain less, and high section kicks seem more natural now.

What I think I'll start working on is strength; while sitting in horse-riding stance, I can still feel a pain in my hips, and I sure can't hold it long. Time to start incorporating isometrics.

It's funny---I saw my head instructor warming up for a black belt teaching session with *his* head instructor..and he was doing dynamic stretching!! legs swings to the front, side, back. Now why don't we use these in the class warmup? I've wanted to approach him on this, but I feel I'd be walking on eggshells....I'm the last guy that should be telling him how to stretch, but *he* uses the proper way; why not his students? I'll get abck to you on this one, heh.
I'd like to see the Kurz video come out on dvd; even though I have the book, I think seeing a demo from kurz himself would be helpful.




[This message has been edited by MikeMartial (edited 03-24-2004).]

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#336209 - 04/17/04 07:24 PM Re: *My Progress With Kurz*
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could you please give me a brief description of how kurz explains to improve the height of side kicks and to make them feel more natural, i want to get the book but really thats all i need to know im fine in other areas and the book isnt sold on amazon only on his site where you have to fill out a form etc which i cant see worth doing

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#336210 - 04/18/04 02:40 PM Re: *My Progress With Kurz*
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forget my last reply i just bought the book, is it possible to gain enough flexibility for the scorpion kick with his method? if so how long roughly if you have decent flexibility already?

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#336211 - 04/18/04 04:12 PM Re: *My Progress With Kurz*
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Scorpion kick? Karate-do, you've been watching too many movies again, haven't you??? [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/smile.gif[/IMG] And hey, don't hi-jack my thread, this is about *my* progress with kurz, ok?

Speaking of which....

Kicks have been great lately. I'm actually amazed at how high they have become. And I'm not talking kick-the-ceiling-and-drink-from-a-cup high, just nice, easy head high kicks. I haven't added to my stretching regime; in fact, it's been cut down due to some busy busy shifts lately. But when I have been doing the dynamic stretching, WOW--with only one set I'm totally warmed up. I'm liking it.

I'm hesitant to add isometrics because, well..I've never done them before. I think I'll start with just praticing a simple horse stance, and take it from there...

Left hip/ham *still* is holding me back. I had to seriously concetrate the other night to get the right rotation/position for high turning kicks. I knew that'd bug me for a while, and my instructor said it would take a long time to heal.

[This message has been edited by MikeMartial (edited 04-19-2004).]

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#336212 - 04/22/04 04:45 PM Re: *My Progress With Kurz*
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ok i apologise for leaving the theme of the thread its a great thread though, ive been reading it since you began keep updating it [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/smile.gif[/IMG]

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#336213 - 05/04/04 03:12 PM Re: *My Progress With Kurz*
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I've also gone the Kurz route and it is working well so far (1 month in).

I was prompted to buy it because of recurring hammy problems so this thread has been a great one! Cheers Mike

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#336214 - 05/04/04 04:43 PM Re: *My Progress With Kurz*
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Thanks Ken, sounds like we're in the same boat. Flexibility was great when I was 14, and now at 30....heh. You know.

....and speaking of hammy problems, just when I think I'm in the clear....last night, near the end of class (of course), doing a LEFT high side kick, and BAM! Shooting pain in my right (supporting leg) hamstring. Grrr, you have no idea how mad I was at myself. I was feeling great, we were practicing a step-in side kick-to-back kick combo, and minutes before I was amazed at how high I was kicking. This is the same scenario as my left ham pull, and after a bit of research, seems supporting leg pulls are common in MA.
It's not a bad bad pull, and I'm icing and Advil'ing like no tomorrow. I have a TKD tourny this weekend, and I'm going. Period.
Looks like I'll have to take a serious look at a strengthing routine to add to my dynamic stretching.

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#336215 - 05/05/04 05:05 AM Re: *My Progress With Kurz*
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Cheers mike!

Interestingly my dreaded hamstring has improved after going back to doing lots of hindu squats and free standing (unweighted) squats. I'm not advocating them as the panacea for all leg problems (you may notice the odd post or two from me on them) but they do seem to have had a big impact on my issue. Maybe they might help you. Don't start them before the tournament though and work in gradually!

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