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Martial Arts Side Kick Lat Recruitment Arm Position Side Kick Variation For Martial Arts

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In Martial Arts there are different ways to throw the side kick. Some styles point the arm during the kick, other point the arm right before the kick, while other strike with a hand at the same time they throw a side kick or another kick.
Very few styles teach the kick to be independent of the arm action.
Parallel question is the lat recruitment during side line kicks.
This video discusses these issues.

Martial Arts Side Kick:
Hello I am Paul Zaichik
Founder of ElasticSteel
Method of Athletic Conditioning

Today I am going to answer two questions
you can't answer one without answering
the other one

when you throw a kick a side line kick
side kick for instance
should your arm be here or out there
where should your arm be

and what is easier when you kick

to keep your arm out here or to keep it
here when you kick

Martial arts the parallel question
to that is what your lats do
when you throw side line kick

EMG studies show lats are active during
side line kicks

hook kick roundhouse kick side kick

and emg study show very strong activity of the lats

during muay thai roundhouse kick
and I was talking about that previously

so we have styles that extend the arm
during the kick

throw the kick

leave the arm there during the kick
or throw the back fist and
side kick at the same time

we have martial arts style
styles where the arm stays up

side kick is thrown and nothing else

what is easier when you kick
to keep the arm out there or to keep it here

of course it's easier to keep the
arm out there

reason number one counter balance

martial arts

the more you have there
and the less weight you have
learning away from the kick

that's the reason number one

you have to be more advanced
martial arts kicker

to throw the kick hit a target
and not move the arm or point the arm

it helps to point the arm
at the target when you kick
besides the counter balance


reason number three is the
lat position or lat length

bring the arm from here to here

at the shoulder

its about ninety degrees
you lats can't really pull from here

you lats can't pull from here
when you kick
it has nothing to pull against
it's really short

to be able to pull

by extending your arm out they can
pull and assist side line kick
they pull the pelvis

into that position and they bring
your shoulder to your pelvis

help to keep your body up
during side line kick

so of course when your arm is there

it's easier to throw that kick

can you throw an effective
martial arts kick without
your arm being out there

you have to do is to teach your lats
how to contact in shorter position

you have to teach other
muscles to compensate for
the lats when kicking

kicking is a new position for
everyone who tries it
and the body

tries to use as many muscles as possible
to keep the torso up during the kick
especially if you model
after you martial arts instructor
who teaches the kick with torso up

if you did the kick like this
than lats would not engage

people ask me what is my personal
opinion what the best hand
position during the kcik

ideally you hand should be independent
of the legs

if you really need to generate power and
you know that your target is secure

your foe is retreating
is out of balance is tire
or is hurt

you want to deliver a powerful kick
you can use your arms to swing
the kick a little bit more

and deliver more power with
the kick however in all other
situation I believe

the arm should move independently
of the leg and leg should move
independently of the arm

I would not condition a
kick to have a mandatory arm action
for instance

I see some people do it
nothing is wrong with
it's how they do it

something I would not do

martial arts

for instance the side kick
and they do that

that become an automatic
arm action for the kick

or the arms comes up and the
side kick is thrown while
the arm stays there

in conclusion your arm should not
be in the same position all the
time because that's also

give away the position to some degree
however you should be able throw
the kick
independent of arm movement

I am going to talk to you about
that in the upcoming videos

I am Paul Zaichik
thank you for watching
Martial arts Kicking

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