Side Kick Height and The Supporting Leg
Side Kick Height is the one of the main issues kickers struggle with. In the article we will address the main cause of the kicking height barrier: the supporting leg.
The video below presents the progression for development the strength and flexibility in the supporting leg:
While a number of factors can prevent the height of the kick, supporting leg flexibility and strength are the major ones.
Sometimes a kicker can significantly improve the height of the kick, simply by dropping torso in the opposite direction of the kick. If this is the case, the supporting leg is most likely not the main cause, but rather the kicking leg and torso. (We will get into those, in the upcoming articles)
- If you did the test (torso dropped and kick did not come up higher), you need to strengthen and stretch the kicking leg. In the process, you will also develop balance, which will help your kicks even further.