[I:http://martialarts.surrey-sussex.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/AlCase15.jpg]Taekwondo Kick Harder than your attacker by doing these seven simple tricks. Most Taekwondo students you see, whether they are doing karate kicks,or kung fu kicks, don’t really understand the physics necessary to execute a proper leg kick. These unfortunate martial arts students are told to kick air, or kick a bag, and that’s not much of a Taekwondo lesson.
First, you must lift the knee when you execute a Kung Fu kick. This makes sure that the foot travels into the attacker’s body on a straight line, and doesn’t arc up or slide. It’s like smacking a spike with a mallet, you have to make sure the force travels straight into the spike.
Second, you must tilt the hips slightly. You don’t have to tilt them much, but they have to tilt enough so that there is a line through them to the tan tien. This insures that the whole weight of the body is transmitted into the karate kick.
Third easy tip is that you must turn the hips slightly, making sure that the body turns into the kick. This makes your Taekwondo kick harder, and also gives a bit of extension to the leg. If you don’t turn the hips you might find your space a little crammed, and your kicks might even be negated.
Fourth you must turn the support foot to the proper angle. This can be a small turn or a large, but it must be done so that the whole body moves as one unit. Very important, when doing a karate kick or a taekwondo kick, that you do this, as using the body as one unit releases more intention into the kick.
Fifth you must sink your weight down the leg you are standing on and into the ground. Dropping your body weight while doing a hard kick will firmly fix you to the ground. The body is a motor, and an efficient motor must be tightly bolted in place to work well.
Sixth, you must bend the support leg while you sink the weight. People who straighten up the support leg are exploding energy out the support leg, which is the opposite direct energy should take. Energy should be going the other way, sending a ‘tractor beam’ down the leg to grip the ground and make the body solid and stable.
Seventh and last karate tip, relax the upper body, and, in fact, relax all parts of the body except the foot itself. People get obsessed with the feeling of rigid energy, but the actual fact is that this is a tremendous waste of energy. If one wants to do a karate kick harder, or a good kung fu kick or taekwondo kick, they must learn how to control not just the body, but the energy in the body, and energy travels easiest through that which is empty and relaxed.