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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