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#83416 - 11/06/04 09:26 PM Hook Kicks: Strength and Use
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I'm curious to know how useful you've found hook kicks to be in sparing, and what techniques you use to strengthen the kick.

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#83417 - 11/07/04 10:53 PM Re: Hook Kicks: Strength and Use
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I havent found them to usefull. as Front kicks are easier and we through kicks at low targets in my classes. But I have used them sometimes to throw my oppenent off if used deceptively they actually work quite well.

[This message has been edited by AgenT (edited 11-08-2004).]

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#83418 - 11/13/04 05:15 PM Re: Hook Kicks: Strength and Use
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I find them extremely useful in sparring i even use them to knock the opponents lead hand out the way so i can get a normal round house kick in more easily, but i do not know of any methods to improve the strength of the kick other than the obvious hindu squats,pad work.

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#83419 - 11/15/04 01:42 PM Re: Hook Kicks: Strength and Use
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Heavy bag, focus pad work. Have someone hold a focus pad and walk up and down the dojo floor, throw spinning hook kicks and standing hook kicks until you drop. That how you make your hook kick stronger!

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#83420 - 12/02/04 12:04 PM Re: Hook Kicks: Strength and Use
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I use hook kicks in my sparring all the time. They actually help me set up many different techniques and get the opponent moving in the direction I need them to (possisbly a spin kick...) As for conditioning, I usually tell my clients that you have to break down the kick to what muscles are being used. The glutes are a big part of the kick, but remember it a combination of things - hamstring, ab- and adductors, obliques, etc. Condition those musces properly and you will see a difference.

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#83421 - 12/04/04 03:34 PM Re: Hook Kicks: Strength and Use
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spinning hook kicks to the calfs

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#83422 - 12/06/04 04:43 PM Re: Hook Kicks: Strength and Use
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by schanne:
Heavy bag, focus pad work. Have someone hold a focus pad and walk up and down the dojo floor, throw spinning hook kicks and standing hook kicks until you drop. That how you make your hook kick stronger![/QUOTE]

Exactly. I use them in sparring all the time. I've even used them in a couple fights. I've found a cool variation of the hook kick that is more powerful and doesn't sacrifice balance (due to body chambering). You basically combine the hook kick with the front foot outward crescent, and use the powertrain from the stepping sidekick, then add extra swing at the apex of the kick. It hits hard!

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#83423 - 12/09/04 04:11 AM Re: Hook Kicks: Strength and Use
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i find them useful when you sidestep an attack and drive the heel into your opponents kidney

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#83424 - 03/10/05 04:19 PM Re: Hook Kicks: Strength and Use
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Good for Non-to-Light contact tournaments for the side or back of the head. Not too good for self-defense (too high & weak - use a good round kick to the thigh or knee first). Spinning hook kicks against non-martial artists work but against a good "strait-in" fighter...he'll get your back.

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#83425 - 03/21/05 01:16 AM Re: Hook Kicks: Strength and Use
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Very hard kick to perfect, very powerful.

It's not a fast kick, but I can't think of anything more effective than a solid spinning hook kick to incapacitate someone. A strong spinning hook to the temple or front of the face can be deadly.

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#83426 - 03/21/05 10:17 AM Re: Hook Kicks: Strength and Use
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The hook kick can be very fast, I was KOed by a reverse hook kick to the head and I barely saw it coming. I thought the guy was retreating.

This is one of the most powerful full-contact kicks. (In TKD, I believe it is second only to the back-kick)

The power in the hook kick comes from your abdominals, lower back, glutes, etc, combined with circular movement and the constant acceleration of your heel. These are usually weaker muscle groups (especailly the lower back) which need to be strengthened in order to allow for greater control. The actual bending of your knee doesn't increase the power of the kick that much and can potentially get your kick caught on your opponent's shoulder which is a *very* bad thing. The key is to get the extension of the kick to exactly match up with the time of contact, so that your leg is perfectly straight when your heel impacts their jaw. After you get a hang of this, if you want to be flashy, try the 360 Reverse Hook Kick. It's fun to do and very good for training balance.

This is a very powerful kick if done right but is next to useless in a self defense scenario because it's only real target is the head, which poses too much threat of your leg being caught.

[This message has been edited by Leo_E_49 (edited 03-21-2005).]

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