Won Hyo Hyung Side Kick

We return to the side kick for our resident green belt. Last night was practice around a step and launch side kick. Meaning the back leg steps behind the lead leg so that the body is side facing the target and the heel of the back leg faces toward the target. The two points last night were to make sure the kicking leg rotates toes-to-the-ground ... and that the body is balanced slightly forward. The balancing is so that COG is centred between the ball of support foot and heel rather than on the blade of support foot.

Tekki: Low Side Kick to Knee


MARKS said…
A great technique that can be very powerfull. Its a shame that most people do not practice the side ick as much as they should. In MMA it is very rarly seen
Colin Wee said…
It's hard to justify a technique which would break knees or other joints - without prejudice - in a MMA setting. :-)

One of my instructors used to say that the side kick is the most difficult non-gimmicky kick to use.

We were practising the flying version of the side kick this week. I had ENORMOUS difficulty (as I tend to with most jumping kicks) but my instructor very astutely spotted all the things I was doing wrong, how to put them right and voila! I hit the target at about shoulder height repeatedly once I had got it right once. Just need to get it harder, faster and hiogher so I'm ready when someone comes at me riding a horse!
Do I take it from the post you translate side kick as "Won Hyo"? We know it as "Yop Chagi" - maybe it's an ITF/WTF difference of course...BR Andy
Colin Wee said…
I add Won Hyo because that's the form (practiced by green belts) in which the side kick is first introduced in Chang Hon.

Won Hyo features a step back 'reactive' side kick as well as a step forward 'aggressive' side kick.

As is the case with anything, if you have difficulty in something all you've got to do is keep trying ... exploring different variations, body mechanics, etc.

You don't have to wait until horsemen come at you. The jumping side kick can be made to be relevant. Think about this variation - go for the jump but aim much lower ... like at knee height or below.

What were the things your instructor focused on??? You know you just can't leave me hanging ...!

supergroup7 said…
You've really been focusing on the side kick lately, Colin. Is there a particular reason? I find that the side kick is the most difficult one for me to achieve with strength, and speed. Perhaps it needs extra training to build it up to the competency of a front kick.
Sorry, I should really have mentioned what we did to get it right! The top problem was confidence - believe it or not, I was running full speed towards the target, then almost stopping before jumping. Once the "fear" of jumping from running at full speed was overcome I was a long way there. It sounds obvious now I'm typing it out, but I couldn't see it until I actually had it pointed out!
Next we worked on curling into a ball in mid air - pulling up the lower leg and bringing the arms into a close guarding block while in the air to help focus the strike 's power at the target.
Hopefully, if I can get it good enough, I'll get to do it in the summer when we do some club demonstrations ;)
Colin Wee said…
Yeah, I noticed mediocrity in the same move myself a long time ago. What I noticed was that I was relying only on a small pump up with the support foot to hope for a big gain in height. Looking at the situation, I asked myself how high would I be able to jump if I didn't think about a complex martial arts move. Just standing still and jumping got me sufficient height. So then I take the same jumping dynamics, applied it to the kick and lo and behold, got immediate improvement in the jump. The next was to control the fear of the forward jump going pear shaped. Lose concentration and you're in trouble.


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