Add Pivot To Kicks
Add Pivot And Hip To Your Kicks
When executing a Roundhouse kick, front kick, side kick or any type of spinning kick it is important to ad pivot on the ball of your foot. The pivot will add loads of power and gain extra reach that you may need to hit your opponent or target.
How I teach adding pivot which can be challenging to a beginner student (client). I start out by having the student place the pressure on the ball of their foot and raise their heel up. It takes a lot of repetition to get the hang of pivoting. Pivoting adds a tremendous amount of power and distance to your kicks. After the client begins to get the hang of adding a pivot to their kicks, I start stressing how to throw their hips forward and in the direction of the kick. With the ease of video use, I will video a client’s kicks and usually they think they are pivoting but it is minimal or not at all. I love the use of video for speeding up training results as it shows them what they are doing and not what they think they are doing.
The feeling of hitting the target correctly is a gratifying accomplishment and the correct timing with the pivot and thrusting of the hip gives a perfect strike that feels powerful and is powerful. I am all about teaching with fast results without acting like a drill sergeant. Teaching properly does not require yelling it just requires patience and proper detailed instruction.
After getting the proper pivot and hip thrust using a single technique hitting the bag or pads, the next step is to put it together in kicking combinations or punching and kicking combinations. This takes practice and usually does not happen even with the most talented clients.
My training methods are to always teach proper form, safety and warm up. Stretching is important to effectively execute kicking techniques. Everyone can gain flexibility, it just takes proper stretching technique and practicing stretching on a regular basis. I get many clients that say “Yeah I Do Not Have Flexibility”. My question to them is How Much Time and How Many Days A Week Do You Practice Stretching and Where Did You Learn How To Stretch”? That usually presents a big wake up call.
Anything that requires skill takes practice and unless a person is naturally flexible, flexibility takes time and work, but it makes the body feel great and prevents injury for any sport.
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