Hook Kick Help here
If you're an intermediate student, it's time you learned the hook kick.
The hook kick is very versatile as there are several ways to execute them.
Its also tricky to detect from an opponent.
So if you have a good hook kick, usually you're opponent does not see it coming!
Front Leg Hook Kick
The Front Leg Hook kick is quick.
Because you are firing off you're front leg, its not as strong as the rear leg kicks. Because the distance is shorter from your foot to the opponent, the benefit is it's fast and unexpected.
Here's a great tutorial video to get you hooked on your hook kick. You'll also find written instructions below to help you out while practicing.
How the Front Hook Kick works
An important prerequisite kick is the side kick.
Head here for a fresher on the side kick if you think you need one.
Just like the side kick, you bring your knee to chest while pivoting 90 degrees on your standing foot with a slightly bent knee.
Remember you are lifting your front leg. If you're in right leg back guard position, you're lifting your left knee to chest.
Now, fully extend your kicking leg at an angle behind you slightly to the front.
The important part is pulling your leg across your body to a slight angle past your center bending your knee back after crossing the body.
When you bend your knee try to bend it back quick and all the way to almost touching you're own rear end. That way you're opponent can't grab it to throw you off balance.
You should land in guard in one of two ways - by bringing kicking foot back to its original starting place or land it slight back so it could be the rear leg. It all would depend on how you're using it and what you plan to do next.
Whatever you do maintain balance, keep upright and don't fall over!
In all the hook kicks you are kicking with your heel and your foot is flexed.
Sometimes you'll see student tapping floppy pads with the toes.
That's okay in practice with pads but in a real situation it would not be very effective.
For example, if you're breaking a piece of wood in a grading or test, you have to use your heel or you'll hurt yourself.
Rear Leg Hook Kick
The rear leg hook kick requires you to be light on your feet, especially your standing foot.
Like the rear leg side kick you will pivot your bottom foot 180 degrees which is why its important to be light.
If you're in right leg back guard, you're right leg will be kicking.
So your left foot will remain as the standing foot.
Now, you're feet are facing forward, correct?
Well, when you pivot on your standing foot it will be facing the complete opposite direction...
... that's your 180 degree pivot.
The rest of hook kick is the same as above in the front hook kick.
Spinning Hook Kick
Below is an excellent tutorial to help you with the spinning hook kick....
Also called the spin hook... and the spinning is packed with power.
The faster you spin, the easier it is to execute and the more effective the technique is.
The spin hook kick is similar to the back kick which is an important prerequisite.
Okay, first thing to know is that you are kicking with your rear leg. Like the back kick, look over the shoulder that is the same as your rear leg.
As your head moves, your shoulders will move, then the hips will follow and so on all the way down to pivoting on the ball of your foot.
Back to moving your head to spot your target...
...once you spot your target, bring your knee to your chest and the rest follows the same instructions as the front and rear leg hook kick.
- Extend foot at an angle in front of your body
- Pull your leg across your body until you're at an angle slightly behind your body
- Bend off your knee quickly
- Land back in your guard position
Once you have mastered the spinning hook if will be one of your favorite kicks. You can feel the power when executed properly.
Practice Tips for a Great Hook Kick
Practice just lifting your knee all the way to touch your chest.
Practice this 20 times slow, then 20 times fast.
If you're knee doesn't reach your chest, use your hands and arms and give your bent knee a big hug until you get it all the way in.
As you bring your knee up to your chest practice your 180 degree pivot at the same time.
So, start in guard and just practice knee to chest (with the help of your hands) while pivoting 180 degrees.
From this position, pivot back face front 180 degrees like in the beginning and drop your bent leg so you are back in guard.
Always land in the guard you started in.
It will take practice - perfect practice makes perfect.