3 Tips for Better Sidekicks

Are you hoping to improve your sidekicks for your forrms, poomsae, or just to have better sidekicks? Here’s 3 tips from the Kick Tutorial Vault to help you improve:

1. Ground Kicks

Practice your sidekick on the ground to get better at your technique without having to worry about balance. To do this, all you have to do is lean on your hands and knees on the floor. Lift one leg off the ground to perform your sidekick. Make sure you practice sticking and holding, then retracting back all the way. Keep your eyes on your target. 

2. Don’t stick your butt out!

Don’t sacrifice your technique for more height. One common way students try to gain height on their sidekick is by sticking their butt off to the side, but this decreases power and ruins technique. Plus, it just looks ugly! Focus on getting a solid sidekick at a lower height and then work on flexibility and strength drills to be able to kick higher (Check out the Pro Kicking: How to Kick Higher course here for drills).

3. Drill Slow-Mo Sidekicks

Have you ever tried slowing down your sidekicks and practicing them slow motion? This is an awesome drill not only to work through the technique, but also to improve your leg control and strength as it forces you to hold each step.

The best way to practice this is to hold on to something stable so you don’t have to worry about balance. A wall or kicking bag is great for this! Make sure you work on both legs!

Want more tips to better all your kicks? Check out the Kick Tutorial Vault for video walk-throughs of each kicks and tips for what to and not to do!

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