question on kicking
this is an older thread, but i'm eager to get involved, so heres my input:
when trying to kick FASTER or HARDER, sometimes the mind assumes it has to use MORE MUSCLES.
If muscles on either side of the joined are engaging, its 'putting the brakes' on every motion. this is antagonistic muscle use.
This is pretty common knowledge, but without an instructor, it may not be intuitive.
Since you say you're flexible, and your form is fine, my only advice would be relax. Often, less is more.
wrestler5544 wrote:one thing is work on kicking THROUGH the target rather than at it, you see most mma guys spin around, and thats cuz they commit, but when you hold back anything it becomes slow and awkward. Another thing would be to stay on the bawls of your front foot rather than flat footed and even do a small hopstep into it ... Those both helped me A LOT... See what they do for you n lemme know if i helped!
It's a very bad habbit to spin all the way through a target when you miss. Even if you commit if you're good you can still "pull back" your kick. Take it for what it's worth, just advice I have received from a few lumpini champions and witnessing a very good and young thaiboxer(now) in Vegas get knocked out with a spinning back kick to the back of the head because he did a "360"(this was around 4-5 years ago). The guy is a stellar striker now and was even than..anyhow, some people spin all the way around and others don't..I myself, if I spin all the way around it's to follow up with a spinning back/side/hook/crescent kick immediately after to the wherever(thigh, body, neck).
Back on topic..work on your flexibility more..it will help with you not being as "jerky" and off balance and just keep practicing. I don't know if you're training under anyone, but training under a good instructor helps a loooooooot so they can coach you along the way. Learning this stuff without a good and experienced coach will take you a lot longer.
Id like to point out i never advocated always spin if you miss... simply to kick through it. The example i gave was simply the most common one (watch kenny florian or brandon vera). Also in mma you cannot get hit legally in the back of the head so i guess thered be less danger of getting coldclocked but its, yes, still stupid to turn your back. I was simply tryin to give an exaggerated example of how high of a priority commitment to a kick is not the best way to expose your back :D . I guess i shoulda said find some muay thai bout and watch how their leg goes past the target after they miss... but hell i think you get the point
take a 45 degree step to the out side of your target, this will put you through your target.
remember that tkd kicks and thai kicks are for diffrent things, bothe work well but use them at the right time(tkd is more of a pop, thai is more of a chop)
try to turn you hips over and angle your leg kicks downward. just doing this slow with the weight of your leg will hurt if you hit the"spot"