Developing Kicks

 
  Appendix "K"
Developing Kicks

Developing Kicking Proficiency

Kicking proficiency comes from practice, combined with attention to the body dynamics of kicking. In addition, one should develop a personal program for developing and maintaining limberness and strength. Of particular importance to the execution of kicks in Gun Fu is inner thigh, and inner leg strength. You will learn the exercises for developing these areas. Practice them aggressively.

Once you have become comfortable with the basic kicking tools, and can execute consistently with proper technique, you should aggressively work to develop the ability to kick in combinations.

The foundation drills are given below. Work these combinations aggressively. Remember that technique and smoothness will guarantee speed, but speed will not guarantee technique and smoothness. Always work to eliminate pause. Analyze what you are doing between kicks, eliminate unnecessary motions, and emphasize continuity of execution. When practicing with others, especially lower belts, note how much time they lose between kicks. Then re-evaluate what you are doing.
 


 

Two Kicks With Alternating Legs

#1 Front kick R leg; side kick L leg

#2 Front kick R leg; back kick L leg

#3 Front kick R leg; face kick L leg

All sets should be executed a minimum of 5 repetitions on the right side, followed by 5 repetitions on the left side.


Two Kicks With the Same Leg

#1 Front kick R leg; side kick R leg

#2 Front kick R leg; back kick R leg

#3 Front kick R leg; face kick R leg

Practice as above
 


 

Five Kick Combinations

#1 Front kick R leg; side kick L leg; side kick R leg; back kick L leg; front kick R leg

#2 Front kick R leg; face kick L leg; back kick R leg; side kick L leg; face kick R leg

#3 Inside kick R leg (OK to face kick); spinning side kick L leg; face kick L leg; face kick
     L  leg; round kick R leg (OK to do spinning side kick)

Practice as above


Final Notes

Do not pause at any time. End each kicking sequence in the starting position for the
next.

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