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Twist Kick Technical Kicking Leg Development

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What is this program for in short?

This program trains the flexibility and corresponding strength to master twist kick. Want a longer explanation? Read below. Twist kick is best described as a front kick with a turnout of the hip. This technique does not match other kicks in power. It’s major function is element of surprise.

Most people are not used to this kick and are not expecting to get hit by it, when in it’s striking range. Twist kick won’t do what the side kick can in terms of destruction. However it can throw off the opponent game and allow for escape or follower up with stronger techniques.

What do you need to be able to do, in order to master a Twist Kick?

  1. Requirement is a Hip Turnout. (Free Lateral Rotation of the Hip Joint) 
  2. It’s the strength. The strength is to do two things:
    A. To Keep the hip in turned out position;
    B. To Lift the leg up, while in turned position.

Why is this kick so difficult when first attempted?

The Turn OUT position is not common. Four major front line kicks, and three major side line kicks are thrown in neutral or turned IN position. This is why a Twist kick is so hard for almost everyone who first tries it. Because all other kicks train the body to do the opposite to what the Twist kick need.

They shorten the muscles that need to be stretched and stretch the muscles that need to be shortened. So what does this program do? We use Zaichik Stretching Techniques to stretch the muscles that would prevent the leg from being turned out and pulled up.

We strengthen the muscles that pull the leg up and turn it out. If you want to learn more about the muscles used, here you go: 

Do you need this program?

Alright now, do you need this program? What height do you need this kick to be? Groin, Solar Plexus, Face? What ever the target is. Extend the kick to that target. Try to hold for few seconds. If you can do it, you don’t need the program. If you can’t extend the kick and hold it there for at least few seconds. You need it.