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The speed increase from kicking with ankle weights and then removing them doesn't demonstrate any improvement. It demonstrates that it's easier to kick correctly and quickly without adding resistance. The fact that the kicks feel faster than before using the weights doesn't prove anything. Don't kick with ankle weights. If you want stronger legs, then use ...


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Put one or two inner soles in your shoe.


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I'm a Taekwondo instructor and I would disagree with your premise that "Karate style uses the balls of the feet to hit, by pulling the toes back, whereas the Tae-kwon-do’s style is by using the instep of the foot". We often use the ball of the foot, particularly when hitting something hard like bricks or boards. However, against soft targets such as the ...


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Yes, you are correct in assuming that you will lose your balance if you get used to the heavy ankle weight on your supporting leg. But that being said, the best way of increasing strength and speed is to do resistance and interval training in a gym. Ankle weights put lots of unnecessary strain on your knees. And your knees are already a weak spot as it is. ...


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I'm pretty sure you can use it in both situations given that you are flexible enough(otherwise you can't use it at all) As an offensive kick it can be devastating and greatly increase your range. Not only you can develop enough force to knockout your opponent, but you can also surprise your opponent by landing this kick while standing more than 2m away from ...


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Ultimately, I went with another professional wrestling standby of hopping a half inch or so in the air and distributing my weight between the two feet. As a bonus, it also makes the stomp look a bit more vicious because I'm theoretically putting my whole body weight into it. I find myself wondering whether this problem actually does exist for martial use of ...


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I am answering based on the assumption that you mean "is a spinning hook kick used to attack, or counter-attack?". So, here goes: a spinning hook kick is most effective when used as a counter attack. It is too slow (relatively speaking) to lead with. You will need to use it when your opponent is busy using a technique of his own, rendering him unable to ...


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I would debate your use of the words offensive and defensive. Arguably there are no defensive moves in martial arts - they are all offensive (even when using them to defend yourself). Even a "block" should be offensive - it's a mindset, you are using these moves to defeat your opponent, you're not just doing fairy dances with them. In answer to your ...


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I am going to attract flak for this statement, but I stand behind it nonetheless: Taekwondo's kicks are not only different from their Karate counterparts, they are also superior in every sense: they are faster they strike harder/are more devastating they have more reach their initial movements are harder for your opponent to tell apart The only critique ...



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