Sylvie’s Tips – Using the Wall to Correct Kicking Form

This is a quick Sylvie’s Tips on something I’ve rediscovered for my training. The main tip actually comes from when I trained with the great Kaensak Sor. Ploenjit at...

This is a quick Sylvie’s Tips on something I’ve rediscovered for my training. The main tip actually comes from when I trained with the great Kaensak Sor. Ploenjit at AMA in New Jersey several years ago. He would have me get close to and kick the wall, instead of a bag or a pad, in order to force my whole shin to line up in a parallel fashion (perpendicular to the extended kick angle some use striking the side of a target, and not the 45 degree landing angle that is common, instead flat against the target, knee bent). It really helps your hips turn over. But because I haven’t had a padded wall for a while, and mostly because I just forgot about this great drill, I let this correction drill go. As I say in the video the first big advancement I had in controlling my kick was when Sakmongkol taught me the Floating Block. Lately though, I figured that I could bring back the Kaensak drill, only using the uppercut corner pad that is in a lot of gyms. You could still do the drill with control on a non-padded wall, without force and slowly, but it helps to be able to kick something.

My personal addition to this drill comes in the landing. I found that when I started up with the drill again, and kicked hard enough, I was over-rotating back in my landing position. You want to land neutral, exactly where you started. I found that if I extend my had out straight to the pad afterwards it automatically corrected the rotation of my return of the kick.

In the time I’ve been using this drill I’ve added a lot more snap on my kick, and more control. Experiment with it and see how it feels for you. You can always write in and let me know.
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A 100 lb. (46 kg) female Muay Thai fighter. Originally I trained under Kumron Vaitayanon (Master K) and Kaensak sor. Ploenjit in New Jersey. I then moved to Thailand to train and fight full time in April of 2012, devoting myself to fighting 100 Thai fights, as well as blogging full time. Having surpassed 100, and then 200, becoming the westerner with the most fights in Thailand, in history, my new goal is to fight an impossible 471 times, the historical record for the greatest number of documented professional fights (see western boxer Len Wickwar, circa 1940), and along the way to continue documenting the Muay Thai of Thailand in the Muay Thai Library project: see patreon.com/sylviemuay

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