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Jumping Side Kick - Tae Kwon Do

The jumping side kick is one of the most popular jumped tae kwon do 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. Find other taekwondo tutorials at taekwondo main.

Description: Jumping Side Kick - Tae Kwon Do

  • 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. (see side kick tutorial) 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 hight. 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.

Trainer advice: Jumping Side Kick - Tae Kwon Do

  • Exercise: Jump from the left leg and bring your feet together in the air. (don't kick yet)
  • Try to jump as far as possible and then try to jump as high as possible.
  • Instead of running and jumping from the left leg, you can also try to jump from both legs together. (standing or from the fighting stance)
  • Learn the flying wushu frontkick to learn how to jump high.
  • If you need time in the air when you first learn the jumping side kick, you can jump from a reuther springboard and land on soft mats or jump from a 1m platform into water.
  • Kick and pull the foot back fast.
  • The jumping side kick is often seen in board breaking demonstrations.

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