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.
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
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