Front Kick: Speed Development
This program develops the speed of the front kick.
Here is the full description of the program.
Let’s save you some time. This is program for a snap front kick. Not a push or thrust front kick.
What’s the difference?
In terms of speed the mechanics of acceleration and deceleration are different. A traditional snap front kick (Mae Geri, Ap Chagi) is when the foo travels in a circular path. Thus the slow down or deceleration is taken on by the hamstrings. While linear kicks such as Teep is decelerated by the hip flexors and adductors.
So as you can see different muscles need to be trained to slow the kick and pull it back. At the same time the acceleration chain is also different.
What’s up with the acceleration/deceleration?
Well a kick is a toss of the foot. It’s is thrown like a ball, but unlike a ball it must be pulled back. And as you already know the linear and circular kicks are performed different, thus pulled back using different muscles.
The deceleration is really what keeps the kick from becoming fast. You are not kicking once. Right? You still need that foot. Thus your body wants it back. And it gets it back after every kick. Too fast of a kick, faster than the body can get it back, and there is injury.
The body does not want to get injured. So it won’t let you accelerate any faster than you can decelerate. Even if you have a proper technique.
Do you want to know what will happen to you, if your body lets you?
(Don’t try this, just imagine this. And please don’t do this as a prank on anyone. What I am about to tell you purely hypothetical, to make an example, not to go out and do this).
Ask someone to hit a pad. It can be a back fist or front kick or a roundhouse kick or anything else. As them to do it harder and harder. Than suddenly remove a pad. Unless the person has very good deceleration, they will injure the muscles. Biceps or hamstrings. This is exactly what your nervous system tries to protect you from.
So that is why most people never achieve great speed. It’s not hard to master that, just proper preparation and progression is needed.
So what does this program do?
- First the decelerators are strengthened.
- Next proper chain is developed to throw a kick.
- The kick is gently assisted in its deceleration.
- Eventually the proper mechanics are in place and the muscles are strong, flexible and aware enough to pull the kick back at the right time.
- At this point blistering speed begins.
Do you need this program?
Do you have fast front kick? If so, you don’t need it.
If you don’t have a fast front kick, then you need it.