May people have asked how to develop the power in a push front kick. Push kick is usually a defensive weapon. However properly adjusted it can be to attack and/or set up other techniques. If used without acceleration, and especially to stop the incoming attack, it relies on “grounding”. This means the supporting leg must be in good position to push off the ground and into the target. Unfortunately this is a weak link in the chain. I use a very simple training technique to develop power, stability and grounding in the push front kick. Later this transfers to power of the kick.
An inflatable ball is placed on a chair or appropriate object to be at abdominal height. The kicking leg pushes into the ball. Most people will notice at first that they can’t push the ball in. With a little bit of adjusting, the position is found. Even the strongest fighters, had supporting leg SORE the next day. Even after few sets of doing this exercise. However the kick became more effortless and stronger.
AUTHOR: Paul Zaichik is the founder of the Elastic Steel method of Athletic conditioning. With an interest in Martial Arts from early childhood Paul during his Martial Art training realized that many advanced students could barely kick to the head level. He had begun to experiment in this area. As a result Paul transformed many Eastern European Stretching and Gymnastic techniques to meet the needs of the modern martial artists. More and more students were practicing Paul’s techniques, acquiring great strength and flexibility in return. As a certified Exercise and Nutrition instructor Paul has been able to develop over the years many effective techniques that became to be known as ElasticSteel.