Improving my sidekick

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Hey, a while ago I made a post about improving my sidekick. I took all of that into consideration and applied as best as I could. I aim to perfect my sidekick and polish it to the best it can be. I have another video of myself, and I would appreciate any sort of feedback or criticism as to how to improve it. Thank you very much.
 
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Hey, a while ago I made a post about improving my sidekick. I took all of that into consideration and applied as best as I could. I aim to perfect my sidekick and polish it to the best it can be. I have another video of myself, and I would appreciate any sort of feedback or criticism as to how to improve it. Thank you very much.
Currently my flexibility is limited as I lost some of it over lockdown
 

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Hey, a while ago I made a post about improving my sidekick. I took all of that into consideration and applied as best as I could. I aim to perfect my sidekick and polish it to the best it can be. I have another video of myself, and I would appreciate any sort of feedback or criticism as to how to improve it. Thank you very much.
Are you going for function or looks with your side kick?
 
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Are you going for function or looks with your side kick?
Both. I saw a video here "cleanest side kick" and I want it to look as best possible technique-wise but I also need it to still be useful
 

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@Ivan looking good. All I was going to say was that you looked a little stiff. I was in a similar state months back when Covid first took off in the US.
You already know what you need to do lol STRETCH.

Get your hips back to where you are free to yank your foot off the floor and shoot out whatever kick you need.

If you want that side kick you're aiming for, you have got to keep stretching and keep doing movement exercises.
You have to do the boring, tedious work regularly.
I know this gets old, so my advice is to do whatever you can to keep it fresh and at least a little fun.
Throw in some funky, tricky movements. Try with resistance bands. Any exercise or movement that increases your range of motion and strength.

Keep it up!
 

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Both. I saw a video here "cleanest side kick" and I want it to look as best possible technique-wise but I also need it to still be useful
Depending on what you'll accept for your side kick the two may not meet in the same place. Something that looks nice may not necessarily be functional. But with that said if you want to get any use out of the side kick then you'll need to get a good chamber. I don't have the best looking side kick but I have a could good functional ones. The first thing I can tell from your video, is that you weren't reloading the kick.

You have to be in the habit of reloading it. Chamber that knee
 

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You have to do the boring, tedious work regularly.
This is a lot of things including stuff outside of the Martial arts. But it's true. It's all of that boring stuff that makes a person good at something
 

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Hey, a while ago I made a post about improving my sidekick. I took all of that into consideration and applied as best as I could. I aim to perfect my sidekick and polish it to the best it can be. I have another video of myself, and I would appreciate any sort of feedback or criticism as to how to improve it. Thank you very much.
Ivan, the first thing that I noticed is the difference in your knee on the out and your knee on the return. Your knee is actually higher on the return, which I would consider unusual. Unusual but good. If you can keep it high post kick then you can start high. Go back and watch the video and tell me it you can see what I am saying. There a variables and different ways to use the knee but for a single kick the opening chamber should be high and the knee driving up should aid in driving your body rotation.
Speaking of, your rotation is just a little short leaving your front shoulder back and hips open. This leaves you open to a counter. This is usually done in an effort to help with the return but with repetition you can accomplish both good rotation and a quick return.
 

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Hey, a while ago I made a post about improving my sidekick. I took all of that into consideration and applied as best as I could. I aim to perfect my sidekick and polish it to the best it can be. I have another video of myself, and I would appreciate any sort of feedback or criticism as to how to improve it. Thank you very much.

You have good end form, your weaknesses is your set up.

Here some tips for you: think of your body as an acordian and try to do a push-pull effect with your body and leg. The best side kicks emphasizes the hip.

Your hip is good also so it really is the starting and mid motions that you need to focus on.
 

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Also, get your knee up higher before you kick. it won't feel good at first but it's the only way to get it right. You don't need to be flexible, this is a muscle memory thing.
 

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Also, get your knee up higher before you kick. it won't feel good at first but it's the only way to get it right. You don't need to be flexible, this is a muscle memory thing.
but flexability is controlled by " muscle memory"
 

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@Ivan ; there have been several comments about the knee position in the video.

Questions:
What is the primary muscle group used to perform a side kick? Hint: The answer is the primary difference between a side kick and a roundhouse kick.
Is a side kick a linear kick or an arc kick? Hint: A front kick is also linear.
Where is the Heel of your standing foot when you make contact (kick fully extended)? Hint: The heel and front shoulder should be pointing in the same direction.

You are an analytical person. I feel thinking through these questions will help you with the mechanics of the kick.
 

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Just saw this today. I don't have much to add that hasn't already been pointed out besides the following:
I noticed when you started kicking toward the camera, that you were still raising your leg while the kick was extending... especially your right leg. (this is caused by the lack of chambering at the beginning, as people have already said).
You could see your kicking foot moving up mid kick, rather than straight at the target. This takes away power from the finished kick, and makes it more likely that someone can step in and jam your leg (preventing you from completing the kick at all).
My 2 cents for what it's worth.
Keep on working these small details, and it all comes together with time.
 

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Good to see you're not striving for height at the expense of form now. I agree with the above comments and have a couple additional criticism, though fairly minor. dvcochran may have cryptically touched upon the first: There is a slight arc in some of the kicks that is most noticeable when you did it straight on into the camera, though I noticed it in the side view first.

You can see your left kicking knee position is slightly off to the right, causing your foot to travel a little horizontally to the right instead of perpendicular to your body axis, directly toward the target. This raises your foot to the left, causing a slight roundhouse kick effect. Knee position is critical to many kicks. It's slight as I said, but since you're looking for the "cleanest" kick, it's something to work on along with your chambering. Your foot should travel in a straight line from your supporting knee all the way to the target.

The other thing, I believe it's important (for me, critical) to keep your lead hand from dropping down. I like to keep my hands in the guard position throughout all kicks. allowing for defense or a quick follow-up jab or reverse punch. Overall, pretty clean. Next year it will be excellent.
 

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Ivan, test your side kick out on a bag. The feedback will give you some idea on where to make some changes. Although it looks reasonable from where you are starting, a little resistance hitting will hopefully start making you ask more questions.
 

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Ivan, test your side kick out on a bag. The feedback will give you some idea on where to make some changes. Although it looks reasonable from where you are starting, a little resistance hitting will hopefully start making you ask more questions.

This, your support foot is pointed away from you at an angle, you will lose balance if you kick something like a bag or body. Your form looks good but you should practice delivering the kick as a strike, which comes from the bag work. Also, you drop your hands for balance, you need to practice all of your kicks while maintaining a good boxing guard or someone is going to give that nose a boop when you drop your hands to fire a kick. Also, dropping the hands telegraphs the kick, if you are eye to eye with an opponent you don't want him to see the kick coming in your face/guard. The whole point and advantage of a kick is explosive power, you want it to hit like a freight train, a good looking miss doesn't help you, it exposes you.
 
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