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    • #10270

      hi, just a quick question. alot of people are saying a side kick to the knee is more powerful than a front kick. but when i side kick the punching back it doesnt go nearly as far as when i front kick. which kick is better suited to attacking the knee and why??

    • #11222

      It depends on where you are in relation to your target. The front kick gives you more distance and a little more speed. When you are a little farther from your target, it gives you some extra distance. The front kick is mechanically easier. this means its easier to learn. Where the front kick loses in power it makes up for in speed.

      The side kick does give you more power and a larger surface area of the boot. If you are in a position where your lateral side is exposed than your hip is in line for the sidekick. The reason the side kick doesn’t feel as powerful in the beginning is because it needs to be practiced. It is mechanically more technical (even without chambering it). when learned side by side with the front kick, it is slower and less powerful in the beginning.

      But you need the side kick to protect yourself from that angle even now. As long as it slows the target for a split second it has done its job.

      In a few weeks, the side kick will catch up and you’ll see a difference.

      Now which kick is better to attack the knee. We are splitting hairs here and I am only looking at this in a attack vs target scenario. Distance position and time are NOT and issue. Then I would go with the side kick for surface area and close range brute force. The front kick has a better chance of smashing or dislocating the patella rather than dislocating the knee and doing and ligament damage.

    • #11223

      thx for quick response, just quick question, how would you recommend training the side kick??

    • #11224

      Your Heavy bag is fine. In module 2 you’ll see some drills. One thing you can do is take the bag off of the hanger and put it in the corner (for a change of pace).

      I know hitting the swinging bag is frustrating because you don’t get solid shots every time. But I have to tell you, being frustrated some times is a good thing, when it’s for real you will miss….a lot.


    • #11240

      Hi smeak45

      Since we are not chambering our kicks in this approach (and we should not be anyway in this arena) another tip that may help you out with the side-kick is to practice the pivot step.

      And do not aim the kick as you swing/pivot just let it make contact. Since our objective should be to drop the skel ASAP you don’t need to return the leg at all, just drop it where it connects. Even though we are in the lateral position at this point your next attack technique will bring you out of that immediately.

      [b:195ek5eb]If you watch Mr Ross in mod 2 in essence this is what he is doing with the back-leg version that he shows us.
      As Mr Ross said – don’t worry be happy and just keep workin it – the low side kick (as you will see soon) is one H@## of a technique for the street or professional work (where applicable)

    • #11242

      EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT. It’s a great way to change direction, cover distance and make use of the momentum. (BTW, wait until module 5 :D” title=”Laughing” />)

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