What I wanted to see was sharp crisp movements. I didn't need to see air time or huge jumps. I wanted the legs to be pulled in tighter to the body and the kick and landing to be at the same time.
Kicking for sparring is not like that. You stretch out much more. You are more relaxed. You try to get your kicking speed increased. Etc. etc. etc.
But kicking for self defence needs the legs to respond to you irrespective of what you wear, what foot wear you've got on, and the opponent is not waiting for you to make a mistake. The kick has got to short and sharp. Your legs have got to return you back to fighting position and you've got to be ready to cover and strike with your hands.
That's little place for a kick to return back to the ground at it's own time. It needs to be snapped back quickly and your COG has got to be returned to fighting position.
The last time I talked about the jumping side kick, I told my intermediate belts -- the jump is more for tactical advantage than to get your kick up to the horse-riders level. Forget Hollywood. If your opponent thinks you're jumping to kick his head, you should hold your kick back until you land and then break his ankle.
Enough said. :-)
See other posts on the Taekwondo Side Kick at Calibrating the Side Kick.
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