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The Science of Kicking

Mastering a Forward (Straight) Knee strike

Mastering a Forward (Straight) Knee strike

Since I am the flexibility guy and also a martial artist, I got a lot of questions about the knee.Everything from how to properly throw it, to how to maximize the power. From the best targets to height improvement.So today, we'll talk about the height of the knee. Some people seem to be able to strike the jaw and cause a knockout. Other can barely reach the groin. To throw a high knee, a proper strength/flexibility combination of the core, striking leg and supporting leg must be achieved. Most people focus on the striking leg. Aiming to bring it up. While this does help.Supporting...

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How to Do a Perfect Side Kick. From Poor Side Kick to Great Side Kick

How to Do a Perfect Side Kick. From Poor Side Kick to Great Side Kick

Dear Friends, In the Past 12 Years I have written numerous articles focusing on the Kinesiology and Biomechanics of kicking. Over the years many people have asked "Why". Why does my kick look like this and my Master's kick look like that? In the next series of articles I will answer these question.  The ElasticSteel Method If you never heard of me and my work, my name is Paul Zaichik. I am the founder of ElasticSteel Method of Athletic Conditioning, EasyFlexibility, and probably most importantly for you (since you are reading about kicking) ESKMS (ElasticSteel Kick Mastery System).  So let's dive...

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- How to Do a Perfect Side Kick. From Poor Side Kick to Great Side Kick

- How to Do a Perfect Side Kick. From Poor Side Kick to Great Side Kick

Dear Friends, In the Past 12 Years I have written numerous articles focusing on the Kinesiology and Biomechanics of kicking. Over the years many people have asked "Why". Why does my kick look like this and my Master's kick look like that? In the next series of articles I will answer these question.  The ElasticSteel Method If you never heard of me and my work, my name is Paul Zaichik. I am the founder of ElasticSteel Method of Athletic Conditioning, EasyFlexibility, and probably most importantly for you (since you are reading about kicking) ESKMS (ElasticSteel Kick Mastery System).  So let's dive...

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How To Do A Perfect Side Kick. You need two different types of Strength.

In the previous article we talked about flexibility. In other words, what muscles need to be stretched to get from the kick on the left to this kick on the right. If you missed that article, please see it here.  When speaking of Strength, it's very important not to get confused. There are 2 different types of strength.  Strength for Proper Technique Strength for Power Generation When converting the kick on the left to kick on the right, we only speak about strength for proper technique.  What does a proper kick require in terms of muscle contractions? First and foremost...

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How to Do a Perfect Side Kick - From Poor Side Kick to Great Side Kick

How to Do a Perfect Side Kick - From Poor Side Kick to Great Side Kick

Dear Friends, In the Past 12 Years I have written numerous articles focusing on the Kinesiology and Biomechanics of kicking. Over the years many people have asked "Why". Why does my kick look like this and my Master's kick look like that? In the next series of articles I will answer these question.  The ElasticSteel Method If you never heard of me and my work, my name is Paul Zaichik. I am the founder of ElasticSteel Method of Athletic Conditioning, EasyFlexibility, and probably most importantly for you (since you are reading about kicking) ESKMS (ElasticSteel Kick Mastery System).  So let's dive...

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