Secrets of taekwondo axe kick...
You can chop through that board with power!
Are you ready to try taekwondo axe kick?
Or do you want to know how to more generate more power with your existing tkd axe-kick?
Are your hamstrings stretched out?
Great! Let's get kicking!
If you've just started taekwondo training- here's the basics of taekwondo axe-kick
The Korean name for axe kick is Chiko Chagi.
Axe (or chop) kick is unusual because the impact is downwards.
So that means the first hurdle in axe-kick is to get your foot above the target.
And that's where the flexibility comes in.
Make sure you're warm before you try taekwondo axe-kick. Stretch your hamstrings. And start out with the target low. If you strain a hamstring if often takes a while to heal.
There's two ways to get your foot above the target. You can either lift you leg straight up in front of you without bending your knee.
Or the way we do it is to bend your knee into towards your chest first then lift your foot up from there. This is good in sparring because it makes the kick quicker. And it gives you options if you need to change your mind quickly!
Once your foot is above the target. Then bring it down to strike through with power.
A great and satisfying feeling.
Do you want more detail about tel axe-kick? Here it is.
As with most taekwondo kicks your standing leg is just as important as your kicking leg.
You need to let your bottom foot turn out maybe 45 degrees or more. This opens up your hip and allows your kicking leg to come through more freely.
After the kick. Land your leg softly.
If you just let your leg fall heavily to the ground you can damage your knee because it gets pushed too straight.
So take control of your leg after your chop kick, bend the knee a little, and land your foot with care.
For breaking you need to strike with your heel. You can have your toes forward to protect your achilles tendon from strain.
In sparring and when you're practicing on targets you normally strike with the underside of your toes.
Do you want more power in your axe kick?
Here's the secret...
Work on your core strength.
Because strong core muscles will give you the power to pull your leg down.
Do an axe kick just using your leg muscles and gravity to bring the taekwondo kick down. OK?
Now try one where you engage your abs.
When your foot is at the very top tighten your core muscles and think about using them to pull your foot down. And feel the difference.
If you can't feel the difference ask your target holder. They'll tell you!