Hopping or Skipping Side Kick - Martial Arts Kicking Technique

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Hopping or Skipping Side Kick - Martial Arts Kicking Technique

This section teaches you how to do a martial arts hopping or skipping side kick. This kick is also known as the step behind side kick, sliding side kick, etc.

A hopping or skipping side kick is a method used to quickly close the distance with an opponent and land a powerful kick. This kick is usually used for breaking demonstrations or in the movies as it is less effective in sparring and/or self-defense situations (as an opponent has more time to dodge an attack). In order to master the hopping or skipping side kick, a student needs to have learned the basic side kick.

To learn about other martial arts kicks, please visit the main Martial Arts Kicking Techniques section.

Written Instructions - How to do a Hopping, Skipping, Sliding or Step Behind Side Kick

  • To perform a hopping or step behind side kick, you start in a fighting stance.
  • Take a sideways leap towards your opponent then bring your rear foot up to your front foot or beyond your front foot (as your back leg crosses behind your front leg).
  • As your momentum carries you forward, push off with your rear foot and fire a quick side kick at your opponent.
  • This kick is supposed to be fast and cover a lot of ground. It is also less "telegraphed" than the traditional rear leg side kick (where you must rotate & cock your leg) because it utilizes a front leg side kick.

Taekwondo Step Behind Side Kick - first 40 seconds of the video

Taekwondo Skipping Side Kick

Bruce Lee Using a Hopping Side Kick


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