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    sidekick

    Ok, in my life,I have been thaught 2 ways to do a sidekick.

    Some say the supporting leg should be bent for more stability and other things...

    Some say the supporting leg should be strait for more power...

    Both seem to work well and give stability and strenght, I have been doing it the leg bent for one year then, I was told it had to be leg strait and did it for a year like that , and recently I have been told I should do it leg bent.

    anyone knows whats the real way of doing it, or it doesnt really matter?

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    i've never seen any benefit to keeping the base leg straight, honestly.

    speaking of confusing variations, i was taught one in which the base foot doesn't turn at all (so that the hips don't turn at all). that variation gave me fits. but it did lend itself to hand followups, which is precisely what that teacher had in mind.


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    there was another side kick thread not too long ago - do a search. you may find something pertaining to this there.
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    thanks

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    range will determine which.

    you can use either.

    In Shaolin, the joints are never hyper extended, but they are quite straight.

    The joint should always be ready to "spring" so locking it is often bad form.

    use what is effective for you, not only in practice and demonstration, but in application.

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    I tend to agree with Kung, plus a few.

    Range, whether you want power or speed, your position relative to your opponent, the flow of the fight, and how high you are kicking will determine how you do it. I tend to keep my supporting leg bent because most of my side kicks are low, fast snapping kicks. And Kenpo likes to keep a mobile but stable base.

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    thanks alot to all, Ill keep the knee bent,alway made a bit more sense to me.

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    To express power thru a side kick, or any other technique, one must be taught the proper use and how to of "Fa-Jing". The center of the Universe is the waist! "Fa" (Express, to put out) "Jing" (Energy Power). We have exercises to teach the whipping chain movement, and the use of pelvic, heel & shin. This takes a Teacher who knows of this, and time.

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    i have always had trouble understanding the side kick. i can do one against a heavybag, but i can never put it to use. i think its because i maintain a farely "frontal" stance.

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    Keeping the supporting knee slightly bent should be good for many kicks.
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    the straighter i had it the more i'd be worried that someone would break my leg.
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    A good point you have there.
    Even a knee is pretty hard to snap if it is bent.
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    kung lek,

    what effect does a bent or straight supporting leg have on range? i'm not sure i'm picturing this properly.


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    But would a kick without turning the suporting foot, not turning the hip at ALL even be considered a side-kick?
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    The straight leg kick has a bit more range because , when bending the leg, you move the hips a little towards the back, so bent leg=less range

    And for what Kristopher said, I think if you dont move the hips, its not a side kick.

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