High Kick Techniques

By Debbie Byrd

 

 

 

A High Kick is either good or bad. There is no in-between! Before you kick for the first time, please read and re-read the "DO'S AND DON'TS"! The first time you do the following exercise correctly, you probably won't be able to kick as high as your waist. As you progress with you stretching exercises, you will gradually kick higher each time you try. Do not be a 'smarty' and try to push your kicks high the first time. You will injure yourself to the extent that you may never be able to kick high. The height of your kick will easily tell if you have really stretched as you have gone through the exercise program. It will positively tell, if you have not.

 

A kick exercise can be executed standing in place, rather than progressing down the floor. Beautiful and spectacular kicks are an exciting aspect of drill team, only if they are done correctly and with proper technique.

 

This should be done progressing down the gym, on a walk, your front lawn, or in your play room. (Be careful of furniture--it hurts both your furniture and your body!)

 

REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING

1. As you kick, your body must be straight and tall. Your body never bends from the waist up.
2. Every time you kick, you must keep your support leg straight. That means you cannot bend your supporting knee.
3. Every time you kick you must point your toes and keep them pointed from the time they leave the floor.
4. Every time you kick you must keep the heel for your supporting leg on the floor--the support heel never leaves the floor.

 

There are 15 points to watch for in good high kick technique
Foot closure, head position, shoulder position, posture, tilting pelvis, hip alignment, straight supporting leg, heel down, toe points, kicks centered, control, tempo, leg extension, height of kick, leg distance from the body.

If all these points are in good form and technique, you will have PERFECT kicks!!

 

 

"DON'TS"

  • DO NOT bend forward as you kick.

  • DO NOT bend supporting knees as you kick.

  • DO NOT bend the leg that is kicking.

  • DO NOT let the supporting heel come off the floor.

  • DO NOT fail to point your toes.

  • DO NOT start kicking down the floor without taking the time to warm up.

     

     

"DO'S"

  • DO keep your toe pointed on the kicking leg.

  • DO keep the supporting knees straight all the time.

  • DO keep the supporting heel on the floor.

  • DO stretch before you kick.

  • DO pull up your body as you kick.

  • DO make sure your kick 'peaks' on even counts (say, "hit" as the kick reaches the peak)