Three Techniques To Kick Like Chuck Norris
Former TangSooDo Karate Champion and action film star Chuck Norris is famous for his kicks.
There are three techniques that you can use to master those championship quality kicks yourself.
First: If you watch Chuck Norris kick you will notice a very clear chambering of the leg. Leg Chambering is a key tenant to a having fast powerful kicks. This means focusing on where your knee is prior to the position of the kick. In most Korean style kicks, your first move is to lift the knee straight up in front of the body with the bottom half of the leg cocked and ready to kick. Pulling the knees straight up to chamber allows your leg to move in a straight line, thus a shorter distance to hit the target and a faster kick.
The most important thing to remember is that the height of the kick is not a function of how much you lean back wards to lift the leg, but instead it is a function of how high you raise the knee in relation to the target. This is one of the trademarks of Chuck Norris’s dynamic kicks.
Whether he is portraying “Lone Wolf McQuad” or Walker “Texas Ranger” the Foot Position is always locked at the proper angle for the kick.
One of the most common mistakes people make is to not take into account the position of their feet before and during the execution of their kicks. Before the execution of a kick you should make sure that your feet are properly aligned for the stance that you are in. During the execution of a kick, make sure that you are not planting your feet in one static position, but are instead pivoting on the foot in accordance with the kick that is being executed. Most often beginners forget to pivot and find themselves loosing power and balance as they try and execute their kicks.
Want you kicks to hit like a sledge hammer? Do what Chuck Norris does and use proper foot position for the kick.
Those spinning back kicks and crescent kicks that Chuck Norris is famous for require proper Hip Rotation for Power. In kicking, power comes from the strongest part of the body, the legs and hips. Much like golf or baseball, if you do not engage the hips and rotate them into the kick that you are executing, then you will loose much of the power that is available to you. Just like Chuck Norris, your hip should lead the kick itself so that at the moment of contact the hip is just past the target.
About the author: Multi-arts Grand Master Richard Hackworth is the host of the “Martial Arts News & Entertainment” Radio Show at www.ActionRadio.net and the author of more than 100 books on health, wealth, and personal success. He is the International Director of the Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association at www.kmaia.org and the Executive Director of the National Promoters League at www.nationalpromotersleague.com .