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The video below is about how to get higher side kicks. The side kick is very popular amongst

karate and teakwondo practitioners. Muay thai, kickboxers and MMA fighters however tend not to use it as much, simply because they do not practise it as much as other kicks like the roundhouse and front kick.

The side kick requires an extensive amount of training in order to make it effective. It is very hard to get used to kicking in a sideways direction and one must be able to adapt and use it if they wish to become an all round martial artist.

The main reasons why the side kick is hard and why some people have trouble with it is simply because they do not have the required strength and flexibility in there legs. One may be able to do the splits and may be able to squat some very heavy weight, but with the side kick, one must combine flexibility and strength. This is where specific strength and flexibility exercises come into play.

The following video is a really good one which addresses these problem areas and ways in which there can be improved. The person demonstrating is called Paul Zaichik and he teaches the ElasticSteel of Athletic Conditioning method and seems to know what he is talking about.

Please check out the whole video and try and use the teaching methods to help you improve your own strength and flexibility even if you have no wish of using the side kick. The valuable physical advantages this type of training can offer will be good for you in the long run. Enjoy!


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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Manny Says:

    Paul is obviously very flexible, and his exercises are excellent, but his side kick technique is not very practical for actual combat. He advises turning the base foot out as you chamber the kick. That looks really cool when you are doing forms, but in a fight it’s a dead giveaway to your opponent. Also, if you don’t connect, it leaves you extremely vulnerable to being trapped and upended. Watch some videos of sanshou fighters from China, who use side kicks extensively. They keep the base foot stationary until the moment of impact, and then only turn out 45 degrees.

  2. Patrick Says:

    Paul Z. is very flexible, but I wouldn’t follow his advice about kicking technique. If you telegraph your side kick like that against someone who knows what he’s doing, you’re going to end up on your back. Having a big showy chamber and turn out looks great in forms, but in a fight, you’re better off snapping the kick, shooting your heel right up there and catching the opponent in the ribs, wing chun style. It’s more efficient and the hip and quad can generate a huge amount of force over the last 10 percent of their range of motion.

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