- Sep 24, 2022
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The video does a good job of showing the potential hazard of the kick (whatever you call it). It would be more effective to show the target in the video since it is hard to tell exactly how the body is positioned relative to the kicking foot. He appears to leave his torso very exposed, but it could be the angle of the video making it look that way.No. That's why I said spinning hook kick. A front leg hook kick can also be used, especially in punching or grappling range. It can also be done with a sidekick, generally because they dodged and you missed. So you hook it back rather than withdrawing it along the same line as the kick.
It cannot be done with a properly performed back kick. A back kick is done with the toes pointed downward. The only way that flexing the knee would hit the back of the head would be if you kicked between their ribs and arm, which seems awkward. It also seems like they'd clamp down on your leg easily...
This usage is best limited to point sparring or as a distracting or unbalancing technique. It isn't super powerful.
Point sparring does not require maximum power, and in many cases penalizes competitors for using excessive force.
"full body rotated spinning hook kick" is redundant. All spinning kicks, by definition, are full body rotation, whether back, side, or hook. You balance and pivot on the front leg, turning towards your back. You deliver the kick with the rear leg and then either complete the spin, returning to your original stance, or step down from the kick, moving forwards.
A hook kick is thrown differently depending on whether your goal is speed or power. This is a pretty good demonstration of the difference.
That isn't a spinning hook kick. You are probably thinking about a front leg hook kick.
There is a way to do a rear leg hook kick the way you are describing, but it is not a spinning hook kick. Rear leg hook kicks done this way are used to close distance while executing a deceptive attack. You balance and pivot on the front leg, but you turn forwards, not back. At this point, it looks like you're throwing a roundhouse kick. But instead of extending the leg, you keep it tucked until you pass your opponent. You then halt your rotation, and do a front leg hook kick. You can target pretty much any part of the body, depending on your skill level.
You can do the same thing with a roundhouse. Turn backwards as if you're going to throw a hook kick, keep the chamber longer, halt the rotation, and snap the kick out.
Done properly, you do your best to telegraph the fake kick and your opponent will move to counter that kick, providing you with an opening for the real one.
The are not powerful versions, and are also most useful for point matches.
For most people, the post-kick motion is just as important, if not more, than the kick itself. Assuming you are not trying to do a knockout kick. Which could still matter depending on the rules.
When a person is flexible enough to throw a spinning hook kick to the head from punching range, all bets are off on pulling the kick. This is why I said the best was to control a hook kick is to block it.
If you think about it as a ratio, the number of knockouts vs. matches is very, very, very low. While they are legal, they are very seldom intentional. More of a side effect of the speed involved.