Taekwondo Do san: Front Kick
Beginning the Front KickLast night, my newly promoted orange belt was working on her front kick. The front kick is aimed towards an opponent standing in front of you, as opposed to an opponent grabbing onto you. This means that the kicking foot is flexed forward in order to strike the body of a standing opponent. Notice how beginners would figure the kicking motion out quickly - meaning to get the right balance and power that the kick goes out smoothly and comes back without too much wobbling. However, most beginners, especially those working on 'traditional' technique forget to 1) engage hip movement to generate power, and 2) have great difficulty in keeping the COG low. Hips have got to be rotated in order that the kicking motion is driven by body mass without hip movement, you're only kicking with the leg, rather than the whole body. Keeping the COG low and not stand up whilst kicking allows you to control the supporting leg and drive yourself forward as you remain connected with the ground.