Martial Arts Combat Sports
August, 2001

Eliminate the Errors in Your Mechanics to Generate Power, Precision and Speed in Your Kicks

By Jasmine Cho

Through nearly 50 arduous years of extensive martial arts training, Hee Il Cho has earned his title as one of the most respected and dynamic martial artists of his time. Cho, president and founder of the Action International Martial Arts Association (AIMAA), is well known throughout the world for his innovative perspective on the traditional martial arts community. His philosophy of inter-twining effective aspects of all martial arts to harmonize the most complete art possible has been incredibly influential across the globe.

Among his countless accomplishments, Cho has also achieved a reputation for being one of the greatest kickers in the world. Even today, at 60, his techniques are utterly impressive and never fail to leave those who watch him breathtaken.

Throughout his incredible career, Cho has always shared his valuable knowledge with all students of the martial arts through books and videos. And now, in this article, he offers the integral points to mastering the martial arts kick. During Cho's abundant years of teaching the martial arts, he has seen virtually every type of error that can be committed. And obviously, you're not going to throw the kicks properly or to their full potential if you're making a fundamental error in the way they are supposed to be executed. Of course, these errors are often disguised by impressive flexibility and acrobatics. However, when properly executed, the greatest power, precision and speed is undeniable.

The Side Kick

STRENGTHS

TIPS

COMMON ERRORS

The Axe Kick

STRENGTHS

TIPS

COMMON ERRORS

The Front Kick

STRENGTHS

TIPS

COMMON ERRORS

The Back-Spinning Kick

STRENGTHS

TIPS

COMMON ERRORS

The Back-Turning Kick

STRENGTHS

TIPS

COMMON ERRORS


About the author: Jasmine Cho, who has been studying taekwondo for more than 12 years, is an eleventh-grade honor student at El Dorado High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the daughter of Hee Il Cho.