Hook Kick: Power Development
This program teaches you how to add power to the hook kick.
Over the years many students and instructors have asked for a program to develop a powerful hook kick. It’s quite rare to see a hook kick knockout. More with spinning hook, than lead leg hook kick actually.
Many full contact fighters who have a fast and well timed hook kick usually abandon using it in fighting. The reason for that is because landing a hook kick, without doing damage puts the kicker into a difficult position. That is because the body turns into the opposite direction of the kick.
Check this mechanical concept for yourself?
Do a slow hook kick and place the back of the heel on the wall. Try to apply power. Your torso will turn and you will have your back to your kick. This means back to your opponent. No one wants to be in this position. It’s rather easy to get scored on.
On the other hand, if there is power in a hook kick, things look differently. The opponent will be either knocked out, knocked down, distracted or pushed off balance.
Why do so many hook kicks lack power?
One of the reason is that, most kickers will turn out the supporting leg. This places the muscles of the kicking leg into poor position of leverage biomechanically. The primary reason this happens besides the habit of “when in doubt pivot by default”, is lack of strength to dig into the floor. The secondary reason is that most martial artists end the side kick and just hook the leg (flex the knee).
The proper chain of acceleration is not followed. For this reason, a kick becomes a weak push. Add to that an unstable position and no power can be produced.
It’s like extending the punch on the side of the jaw. Thumb and index finger ½ an inch next to the jaw. Trying to do a horizontal biceps curl from there. And also doing that on one leg... In short: don’t blame the kick. Blame the kicker. Or his coach...
So what do we do in this program
We develop proper acceleration. This guarantees that the mass goes into the kick. Also that that the kick is thrown and not pushed. We also develop stability. This ensures that mass won’t be shifted the wrong way at the moment of impact.
Do you need this program?
If you have a strong hook, you don’t. If you don’t have a strong hook kick, you do.