Jump High Kick
by Sevastian Campos
(Carlsbad, NM, USA)
My favorite jumping kick is the jump high kick.
I love the feeling of having to kick at your target in mid air when you feel totally out of control of everything. You are floating, nothing to support you but yourself. You must kick your target and land gracefully.
The best part of it is when you realize that you performed the kick perfectly. I love the feeling of accomplishment that I gain from performing a jump high kick. The rush of accomplishment I get is like a high.
I feel as if I could just float through all the other kicks that there are...unfortunately, I cannot do that. :(
I have a lot of trouble with all the other jumping kicks. But doing the jump high kick always makes me feel better. :)
Thanks very much for telling us about your favorite kick. I understand the way you feel.
For me it's the same...
... a fantastic high when I do a great kick. There's nothing like the sweet sound of a great kick on a target. And of course if it's a jump kick all the better.
And of course all of us can identify with you when you describe areas you find difficult. But then we are doing martial arts...
... it's not meant to be easy!
For me what works best is to enjoy the highs from the good kicks. And then to spend time doggedly working on my weak areas.
In taekwondo perseverance
really does seem to be the key.
Thanks again for getting in touch
PS When you say 'Jump High Kick' what kick are you doing? I wonder if it's an axe (chop) or front kick at the top of the jump?
Let us know as terminology varies all over the world and we'd love everyone to be clear :-)Sevastian's Repsone
Jump High Kick is where you jump up, pull your back knee to your chest, then front kick with your front leg.
And I know what you mean by the terminology differing.
I Youtubed Taegeuk 6-8 so I could learn them. I also printed out the steps and I realized how different the terminology can be.
For instance, what we call down block is called low front block sometimes. And what we call Tiger Stance is called Cat Stance. It seems like small differences but it sure can get confusing to read directions that use different terminology.Deb's Reply
Thanks for clearing this up. I understand totally! I often struggle to know which term to use when I write this site as there are so many variations out there.
The ones that come to mind for me are
Chop kick - Axe kick
Turning kick - Roundhouse kick
Front kick - Snap kick
Front stance - Long stance
Anyone else out there got any to add? If we can put a good list together I'm sure it will be useful.
Have a good day all :-)