Taekwondo Roundhouse Kick

My Taekwondo 6th kyu green belt had some hip pain recently and felt discomfort raising his leg higher than groin height. His roundhouse kick training of course did not help his condition - and he asked for my opinion.

The roundhouse kicks he was performing were short range, horizontally fired, ball-of-foot roundhouse kicks. Power generation comes from the compression of the abdominal muscles, leg muscles and some pendulum momentum as the leg is brought around. These roundhouse kicks complement powerful hand strikes and are extremely effective close range.

I contemplated his problem and decided to fire off a roundhouse kick at his inner thigh. I then told him to choose a much lower but still legitimate target, and continue his training.

No point sweating over the height of a kick when it's how you use it that counts.

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Colin Wee
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BSM said…
Truer words were never spoken!
Michael said…
more than likely he needs to turn his support legs farther away from his target. this opens up the hips and allows the kick to go higher.
When I do head kicks my support leg foot starts off pointing about 90 degrees from my target and by the time I fully chamber it my hips are vertical to the floor and my knee is pointing above or at my target. your son will probably have to compensate for the height of his knee by leaning away from his target creating a counter balance.
if he can do high side kicks he will end up at about the same lean.
It's mainly being aware of the angle of your support foot.
Colin Wee said…
What you're saying is right, but only really applies to long range or head high roundhouse kicks. Head high kicks use what some instructors call a pendulum motion to get the leg forward and up, and tend to 'expand' the body ... stretching the leg and torso out to achieve greater distance.

The short range kick need not be raised too high. It's perfect if delivered at groin high to hit the lower abdominal region or the groin or the inner thigh. Short range round house kicks do not need the support foot to be turned too far away from the target, given that the body 'contracts' and generates power within the triangulation set up by the leg, body and support foot.

My green belt - not my son - had pains with his hip that weren't related to his technique. It just hurt.

Cheers. Thanks for posting!


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