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    Need suggestions to learn how to kick

    Hi All
    I want to learn how to kick.
    I've seen dozens of youtube videos teaching basic kicks. Including the ones in the Darebee Video Library.
    I've seen also many videos and youtube-speeches on flexibility and warm-up.
    Of course, did search/google the topic "learning martial arts at home", after reading the Hive thread started by Damer.
    Curiosity started with the '10 reasons for combat moves' article.

    Not martial arts: as a starter, I just want to learn how to kick.
    Not in the head of the opponent, not the chest. Cannot get that high :-)
    And no opponent, only the air in front of me.

    Could not find what I was looking for:
    A simple progression that gets harder and harder, and in the end, one knows how to kick.

    My idea is to do my best (based on the videos) with the front kick, side kick, and roundhouse kick, using slow motion and playing attention to the form.
    Plan to do a few kicks 4 or 5 days a week.
    Also will find a way to compare progress (film myself).
    Will reevaluate in a couple of months.

    Any suggestions? Anyone knows an appropriate online resource for a real-starter?
    For now, a punch/kick bag, or a long mirror, are not an option.

    Thank you,
    P

    #2
    Considering you've already watched lots of videos and have the physical ability to use your legs properly, what makes you think you don't know how to kick yet, Peterpan ? Even if it's not very high?

    Or, to put it differently, why are you not happy with the way you can currently kick? What do you think is still lacking at this stage? Knowing what irks you will make it easier to help.

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      #3
      Redline is right. I think you can kick but have watched too many martial arts videos. But if it really bothers you maybe you can join a thai boxing class for a bit. And
      Knowing what irks you will make it easier to help.
      is also right

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        #4
        Peterpan we also have a kicks guide on Darebee: https://darebee.com/kicks-guide.html - it may help. Redline's suggestion is on-point. Identify what you can do. What you would like to reach and in the difference the elements that must be worked on, present themselves. I hope this helps.

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          #5
          Ah ah ah
          Got your point, guys: There is no easy progression that will put me kicking in the end.
          In order to kick... I need to do some kicking

          Probably happens the same with the olympics: There is no easy progression that will give me some olympic medals


          Any way, starting with "something" that are not real kicks, to make kicking easier, would help

          Regarding the comment that I might already know how to kick, I always laugh when I see my own kicks.

          Will come back here in a few weeks, to tell you how this is going
          Thanks Redline Amirsh Damer

          ​​​​​​​All the best
          P

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            #6
            I have lots of fun with side kicks once I acquire the skill, and before that, it's full of frustration.

            For me, the side kick has to do with my flexibility, balance, and technique. For flexibility and balance, practicing side leg raises on a regular basis helps a lot, and I recommend the Balance challenge.

            Technique is key, and the key of technique is the chain of action that starts with your standing leg. You push the standing foot against the ground, and with the help of the force generated you twist your leg, your hip, and then you kick out.

            Once you are able to do the side kick, many other types of kicks will become much easier.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Peterpan View Post
              Any way, starting with "something" that are not real kicks, to make kicking easier, would help
              In a nutshell - strong kicks mostly require balance, flexibility and tendon strength.

              Working on balance is easy (well, not always easy to achieve, but the exercises themselves are pretty straightforward - basically, everything you can do on a single leg will help, and that starts with standing).

              Flexibility will be improved through regular stretching, as you know.

              Tendon strength is often overlooked. I've found out I could kick as high as some people in my dojo who are more flexible than me, simply because my hip flexors are stronger.
              The easiest exercises you can do here are side leg raises, as kandy pointed out, and front leg swings. They will also allow you to work on your balance (if you don't hold to anything while doing them) and flexibility, so you should really see a difference after some practice.

              If you want to go further down that road, there are 2 Iron Bar workouts you can use, and a whole program dedicated to tendon strength.

              Oh, and I know you've been watching videos already, but as far as I know, the Kwonkicker channel is among those who deliver the soundest advice. But it won't replace practice, of course.

              I hope this helps, Peterpan. Don't hesitate if you have more questions.

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                #8
                This thread just got very helpful
                Thank you all

                Will bring you news about progress

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                  #9
                  As promised: Filmed myself kicking.
                  Will post when I have another version not so funny, to show side by side

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