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Hello !

 

I discovered 8limbs.us quite recently and I find it amazing ! Thanks for all the good videos !

After watching the floating block, I decided to try it myself in order to improve my (still imperfect) kicks.

 

So here is my question : after training, I recorded two very short videos at home and since I don't see what's still wrong with my kicks, but I know they are not perfect yet, I though I could ask here  :sweat:

 

I'm interested in every details : arms position, legs position, hips rotation, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDJGbSZi9bk

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R52m7cZ8IJY

 

I know the quality of the vid isn't perfect, but I didn't dare to record at the gym...

Thanks !  :thanks:

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Hello !

 

I discovered 8limbs.us quite recently and I find it amazing ! Thanks for all the good videos !

After watching the floating block, I decided to try it myself in order to improve my (still imperfect) kicks.

 

So here is my question : after training, I recorded two very short videos at home and since I don't see what's still wrong with my kicks, but I know they are not perfect yet, I though I could ask here  :sweat:

 

I'm interested in every details : arms position, legs position, hips rotation, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDJGbSZi9bk

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R52m7cZ8IJY

 

I know the quality of the vid isn't perfect, but I didn't dare to record at the gym...

Thanks !  :thanks:

 

Hey, I love that you posted these - it's a cool idea to have a community "workshop" on technique, to borrow a word from writers.

Keep in mind that there is no one right way to kick. So here are my suggestions based on what I see from my own experience, but surely your coaches have their own rules and you as an individual will have a personal style as well. Anyway, those are the disclaimers.

The foot of your standing leg is pivoting super strong, which is one style of kicking, but I'd recommend stepping out with that foot when you first initiate the kick. So, when you watch the video you should see your standing foot stepping at an angle closer to the chair. Your foot should disappear behind the chair as you're kicking.

You have really well-trained arm position with your arm swing and opposite side guard. The arm that you keep up by your face (your right arm, since this is a left kick) is what you use to re-balance yourself when you return the kicking leg, first in the block and then back to starting position. So the tighter you keep that arm, the better your balance will be when pulling your kicking leg back to the block and then back to starting position.

In the long run you want the floating block to be up a little higher, the same level as if you are checking a kick from your normal stance. But don't be too picky about that one, that's just an "eventually" or "ultimately" kind of goal that will take time as you get more comfortable with that floating block.

Each kick looks pretty uniform to the one before it, so that's a really good sign that you have control over your movements!

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Quote : "Hey, I love that you posted these - it's a cool idea to have a community "workshop" on technique, to borrow a word from writers."

Thanks, I wasn't sure the forum was a good place for such a personal question  :sweat:

 

I'll keep an eye on your advice, thank you very much !  :smile:  :thanks:

 

What do you mean by : " the tighter you keep that arm " ?

Should it be closer to my face ?

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the community Julien! 

Thanks !  :thanks:

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What do you mean by : " the tighter you keep that arm " ?

Should it be closer to my face ?

 

Yeah, it's close enough to your head but I mean put more of a squeeze in the arm. Like if you were trying to hold your hand on your head and someone else was trying to pull it away, how you'd squeeze to not let them pull it off. That's what I mean by "tighter." The tension in that arm will help you to re-balance yourself as you return off the kick (and as a guard if anyone tries to hit you while you're kicking). It doesn't have to be tense the whole time, but as your kick lands and you start to come back, then it should be tight.

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Like if you were trying to hold your hand on your head and someone else was trying to pull it away, how you'd squeeze to not let them pull it off. That's what I mean by "tighter." 

 Got it !

 

Thank you :)

 

Happy new year  :sorcerer: (I'm two days early)

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