Twist kick is martial arts kick resembling a front kick, the main difference is that the hip is turned out. This allows for the target to be outside instead of in front. This kick is common to Korean styles, such as Taekwondo and Hapkido. Lately it has been adopted by other martial arts and competition styles, such as American Sport Karate and Point Fighting.
- The point of this kick is to strike an opponent, who is normally outside of the striking line. This kick can score a lot of points if used correctly. In the arsenal of an experienced fighter, the Twist Kick can do a lot of damage.
Issues When Training the Twist Kick
Most people attempting this kick, lack both the strength and the flexibility to do it correctly. These are some of the common compensations seen (most of which can lead to injuries).
The majority of the instructors don't prepare for this kick, simple because of lack of information.
What You Get
In this program we will focus on each and every single aspect of the kick, so that you master it completely.
Learn how to train both strength and flexibility, as they play off each other
Kinesiological stretching techniques take care of the flexibility component
Why Kinesiological Stretching (KS for short from now on) is better for flexibility than other approaches? You don't have to believe our words, we don't like putting people in a position where they have to trust blindly because we don't do that, we research, get what works, discard the rest. So we believe the best way is to give you the chance to try some exercises by yourself, then you will determine how well KS works.
Now try this and feel KS in action. This is an exercise targeting the Adductor Magnus muscle, one of the muscles you need to work on to improve the Twist Kick. This is how the exercise is done step by step.
1- Get into position as closely as the picture as you can.
The focus will be on the front leg and chest to the floor, so keep this in mind. Once you find your position and how deep you can go, don't push or relax there, go to step 2.
2- Lift your heel for a second.
This is the move that will create space for your target to go deeper. Once you lifted your heel don't stay here either, the move should be one quick second, then go right away to step 3.
3- Heel down and drop your chest.
It is important that as your heel is going down so is your chest. This way you have tricked your body and got deeper into the stretch.
Then step 3 becomes your new starting position! Keep repeating the sequence and get deeper and deeper without pain. You do the "leverage" then as the leverage returns the target goes deeper. Leverage again, as you retrieve the leverage your target goes deeper, and keep moving. Heel up, heel and chest down - heel up, heel and chest down, and so on.
How much can you do?
It is ok to do from 5 to 10 repetitions, or just keep going for a few more if it simply feels great and you are getting deeper. The moment something does not feel that comfortable or you are not going any deeper you should come out of the exercise, shake your legs then try again if you want.
Feel free to do this after a quick warm up, do a few sets, don’t do more than 5 reps per set to start, don’t rush, put your mind to it while you do it and watch how your body reacts, and most importantly, enjoy the results. Train safe and smart.
Reciprocal Inhibition and Short Range work, develop the strength to do the kick safely and correctly
Regardless of your current skill level, specialized reciprocal inhibition techniques combined with Kinesiological Stretching will progressively lead you to a perfect Twist Kick, and you'll become stronger and more flexible along the way.
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The Twist Kick Training Routine
This 47 minute long video contains:
- Specific warm up to get the blood pumping through your legs.
- Essential conditioning exercises to make you strong and prepared for the deep stretches to come.
- Kinesiological Stretching Techniques that will isolate and lengthen each single muscle involved in a Twist Kick.
- Three levels of Reciprocal Inhibition techniques, from beginner to advanced, so that you not only get flexible, but also, strong, fast and in control of your legs.
- Cool down sequence, which will speed up your recovery time.
How much does kicking like a master cost...?
Now that you know about the ElasticSteel - Kinesiological Stretching method, are you going to keep wasting time and money, risking your health, hitting plateaus, wondering how to reach your goal instead or working towards it? Or are you going to start your Twist Kick Training Program and get amazing, fast, effortless and powerful kicks sooner than you expect?