Improving kick power/strength

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  1. gpseymour

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    This. My kicks (and punches) got a lot more powerful when I added heavy bag practice, which was a rare part of my early training. Makiwara, sparring, and practicing with the air - even striking into striking pads held by partners - didn't do nearly as much for power development.

    I'll also add that flexibility matters. I'm not highly flexible at the hips, so high kicks lose power. I can pummel a ribcage, but kicks to the head are much softer.
     
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    Striking pads teach a little bit of it. Best for people just starting out or in a class setting where they're doing some partner drills. Focus mitts are great, but they don't develop power; they're a different tool altogether.

    All IMO.
     
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    I've seen striking pads mis-used for kicks, leading to a strong "push" element. It took me a while to correct that in my own kick. I'm not sure I've ever fully corrected it in my front kick.123
     

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