Hey! Here is the first of many in depth Kickboxing skills sessions included with your online subscription. In this session we break down the Push Kick! You can either follow along to the workout, or use the drills to maintain a solid programme of drills that you can do from the comfort of your own home, all you need is a little space.
Breaking Down the Push Kick - THINGS TO REMEMBER
STEP 1 - FOOT POSITION (FOR FRONT AND REAR)
When kicking from the back foot, remember to slightly open out the front standing foot for stability and hip mobility. When kicking from the front foot, remember when leaning back to re-engage the hips and drive them forward just before the full extension.
STEP 2 - LAUNCH
Remember - this is not for power, this is to get from standing position to chamber as quickly as you possibly can.
STEP 3 - CHAMBER
Determine the height of the kick through how high and tight to your chest the chamber is.
STEP 4 - EXTENSION AND CONNECTION
Two important parts here, the length of the extension, connecting with the target at almost full length, it’s surprising how much power is generated through the leverage as long as the body is in a good position - the difference between being too close and being from medium to full distance away, how this affects power. Talk specifically about the hips moving forward as you lean back for extra motion.
STEP 5 - HOW TO DO THIS AT HOME
Go over drill using an outline of your foot on paper etc, or to just create some sort of small target, and repeatedly and controlled, drill the push kick. It is important to remember the work you need to do on your legs in order to build the muscles and flexibility needed to control this kick, so remember to stretch, and never skip leg day.
STEP 6 - DRILLING
Go through the different ways the kick can be thrown as shown in the video, alternating between the left and right foot. For example, drill the rear push kick 10 times low, then the front push kick 10 times low, repeat for the middle and high kicks, repeat the circuit 10 times.