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    How long does it take to be able to kick high...

    like the gratuitous high kicks photos that grace books and magazine covers (guy is kicking straight up above his head. Or can only "special" people kick like that? How long did it take you to kick high?
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    Re: How long does it take to be able to kick high...

    I've never been able to do the straight up jolly grem giant kick (named becuase the only thing that kick would be useful for is kicking said giant in the nards )

    I can kick at and slightly above my 6' head height. That's taken a fair bit of work...I could've done it in a few months with real focused training...more like a good year or so just working at it here and there.

    A lot really depends on your natural level of felxibility (static and dynamic) ande how consistently you train for that.

    What I really need to do is develop better power on my high kicks..not just height. a kick's no good if it can't do more than tickle the target.

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    Re: How long does it take to be able to kick high...

    Quote Originally Posted by level7 View Post
    like the gratuitous high kicks photos that grace books and magazine covers (guy is kicking straight up above his head. Or can only "special" people kick like that? How long did it take you to kick high?
    I used to be able to about 10 years ago. I had been studying and practising TKD for ten years at that point, and It took me about a year to get flexible enough for the split, and then another 9 years perfecting my technique, which was far from perfect. I am 6'3" and I am currently able to kick above my head height with a side kick by about an inch or two. My front kick, and crescent kicks are about 6 inches above my head. I had been out of MA training for 10 years when I started again in Sept.
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    Re: How long does it take to be able to kick high...

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkPhoenix View Post
    I used to be able to about 10 years ago. I had been studying and practising TKD for ten years at that point, and It took me about a year to get flexible enough for the split, and then another 9 years perfecting my technique, which was far from perfect. I am 6'3" and I am currently able to kick above my head height with a side kick by about an inch or two. My front kick, and crescent kicks are about 6 inches above my head. I had been out of MA training for 10 years when I started again in Sept.
    Wow so you haven't lost much flexibility in 10 years, that's great!
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    Re: How long does it take to be able to kick high...

    Quote Originally Posted by level7 View Post
    Wow so you haven't lost much flexibility in 10 years, that's great!

    It took me 3 months to get to that point. 10 years ago I would have been able to kick Shaq in his head with a side kick or a round kick. :-) I stretch everyday for about 30 mins on my off days, and for an hour on my training days. If you want to get a good stretch, pick up Thomas Kurz Stretching Scientifically. Awesome book and using it you can probablty get flexible enough for the kicks that you want in about 3 or 4 months. After that it's a matter of building leg strength and perfecting the technique to make it look good and powerful.
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    Re: How long does it take to be able to kick high...

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkPhoenix View Post
    It took me 3 months to get to that point. 10 years ago I would have been able to kick Shaq in his head with a side kick or a round kick. :-) I stretch everyday for about 30 mins on my off days, and for an hour on my training days. If you want to get a good stretch, pick up Thomas Kurz Stretching Scientifically. Awesome book and using it you can probablty get flexible enough for the kicks that you want in about 3 or 4 months. After that it's a matter of building leg strength and perfecting the technique to make it look good and powerful.

    HAHA but you're already 6'-3". No matter how much I could stretch, I could never reach Shaq at 5'-6". I'd have to learn to jump too

    WONDERFUL! Thanks for the book recommendation! EDIT: Just bought the book, I can't wait to read it!
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    Re: How long does it take to be able to kick high...

    I could easily kick Shaq in the head. If he was laying down.

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    ROFL Re: How long does it take to be able to kick high...

    I'm 5'2", short legs - no way can I kick to the head - everybody I spar pretty much knows that already! One guy said to me after class one time "I know you've kicked me in the head before" I said well, you must have already been on your way down then! cause that's the only way I could have

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    Cool Re: How long does it take to be able to kick high...

    depends on your determination.
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    Mushi Mushi Re: How long does it take to be able to kick high...

    How long will it take, how soon do you need it o happen. That is when you will get there when you put it out there to be reach by a certain timeframe. Go for it Dude.
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    Re: How long does it take to be able to kick high...

    Be patient , try to relax when you stretch.

    It may not matter too much if you are older. Most times I go to a tournament my opponent asks to have no high contact anyway.

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    Re: How long does it take to be able to kick high...

    Train train train.....this is my answer to all questions like this because there really is no ther answer! Even if you stretch evryday, if you dont do your regular training youll never kick that high! Realistically it looks cool but serves no purpose! Just my opinion
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    Re: How long does it take to be able to kick high...

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterWright View Post
    Be patient , try to relax when you stretch.

    It may not matter too much if you are older. Most times I go to a tournament my opponent asks to have no high contact anyway.
    Just curious, can you refuse no high contact?

    Thanks for the advice.
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    Re: How long does it take to be able to kick high...

    Quote Originally Posted by level7 View Post
    Just curious, can you refuse no high contact?

    Thanks for the advice.
    It depends on the officials, what they say goes.

    Lately there have been a few that were that way for everyone under First dan in our circuit. Insurance companies and the Ministry that looks after our medicare have voiced their concerns over contact in these tyes of sports. All our tournaments need to be sanctioned ,now.

    It does not hurt to ask or contact the tournament director to find out. They want to have you come and enjoy the experience, I'm sure.

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    Re: How long does it take to be able to kick high...

    I used to be able to kick close to vertical, but not perfectly vertical. It just takes work. I am not sure if everyone can do it, but unless you have some problem, I don't see why you can't.
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