Side kicks vs Turning kicks

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    Side kicks vs Turning kicks

    I'm having trouble really feeling like I understand the difference between side kicks and turning kicks. I've watched the vids:

    https://www.darebee.com/exercises/si...ing-style.html
    https://www.darebee.com/exercises/tu...ing-style.html

    Are you trying to strike with the heel on a side kick and the top of your foot for turning kicks? Does anyone have a particular way of thinking about it or explaining the difference?

    #2
    turning kicks : like kicking a ball but side ways in the air

    side kicks : its like your trying to push something with your foot

    hopefully this helps

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      #3
      Coming from a karate and kickboxing background:

      you have to imagine that you are making contact with an opponent.

      the side kick, either with the full bottom of the foot or the heel, it depends on your flexibility.

      the turning kick, with the top of the foot (instep) of your foot.

      but if you want to get very technical, when you learn a traditional martial art, I did with karate.

      the side kick, push your big toe up and the other toes down and you will then force the outside edge of your foot, you kick with the edge of your foot.

      the turning kick, pull your toes up and kick with the toes instead of your instep.

      try all variations and see which ones you like but if you are new stick to the original moves until you are used to doing them, then if it takes your fancy then try something different.

      hope this helps.

      johnj49

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        #4
        Originally posted by Animated pictures View Post
        turning kicks : like kicking a ball but side ways in the air

        side kicks : its like your trying to push something with your foot
        I think this description is incredibly helpful, especially regarding the side kicks. For me, it finally clicked when I realised that I had to push (kinda).
        Also, there's a handy little guide to kicks here on the site.

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          #5
          Great desciptions here, a side kick is bascially like a jab, and a turning kick like a hook if it's any help

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            #6
            Thank you everyone! This will help me with my first run through fighter's codex (today is day 9); Going to take a peek at some more flexibility focused workouts today to supplement (seems to be part of my trouble with form too). Really appreciate the support and amazing community here

            edit: Found what looks like a good flexibility workout to help me w/ fighter's codex (which I now see on Nihopaloa's link too): https://darebee.com/workouts/fighters-stretching.html

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