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About Side Kick

A Side kick is performed by turning the body sideways with the hip turned slightly over; chamber the kicking leg diagonally across the body, then extend the leg in a linear fashion toward the target. The kick is called a “piercing” kick because the motion is linear.

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  • For some side kicks, the striking surface is the knife-edge of the foot. In this case, the ankle is bent fully back and to the side, and the toes are pulled fully back out of the way.
  • For other side kicks, the striking surface is the bottom of the foot, usually the heel. Even when kicking with the heel, it is recommended that the ankle be bent upward to avoid kicking with the ball of the foot.

Variations

Jump Side Kick is a variation of Side kick.

The jumping side kick is one of the most popular jumped kicks and is often shown in board breaking demonstrations. Because the kick looks like if you were flying, it’s also called flying side kick. Before you try the jumping side kick, you should learn the normal side kick on the floor.

How to do Jump Side Kick

  • Run forward approximately 3 steps and jump off from your left leg. The steps are pretty long and rolled over the heel. Strike out with your arms.
  • Jump from your left leg and lift your right knee like if you were doing a normal side kick on the floor. If you start swinging the right leg extended with the right timing and bring the knee to the trunk in mid-air, you will be able to jump higher. A good arm strike can also help you increase the height of your jump. (throw the hands up to head height as you jump off) For more information on arm and leg strike please
    visit the Flying Wushu Frontkick Lesson. However, because the jumping side kick is not just an acrobatic jump, and most people can jump high enough anyway, it’s not really necessary to apply those techniques to gain more height. The jumping side kick is supposed to be applied against an opponent.
  • Lift your right foot to hip height and bend your jumping leg, so that your feet are close together and both lower legs point forward. The right foot should be in a horizontal line with the right hip and the right knee should be a bit higher. The left foot should be in a horizontal line with the left hip and the left knee should be a bit lower.
  • Thrust out the right foot like if you were doing a side kick on the floor and keep the left foot close to the right thigh. When you kick, the kicking leg should point slightly up or be horizontal. For more information on how to execute a side kick, please visit the side kick tutorial.
  • Bring the knee of the kicking leg back shortly after the kick and land on your left foot with the toes pointing back. Then put down the kicking leg or as a balance exercise try to keep the knee lifted for other kicks.