Spinning Crescent Kick

General notes:

Primarily used as a defensive kick, the spinning crescent kick is similar to other crescent kicks in that it is more useful to bring down an opponents guard than to use as a kick. I have also found that compared with other kicks that are similar in execution and in speed have much more power (i.e. the spinning hook kick), but this kick is definitely worth learning, if not just for the defensive aspect, but because it is one of the simpler spinning kicks to learn.

1) Stand in the ready stance.
2) Begin turning the head towards the rear (kicking) leg. The torso should follow the head keeping the arms up but in, in order to make sure that the body spins as fast as possible.
3) At this position, the head is facing towards the opponent and the supporting foot is now facing away from the opponent.
4) Then start to bring the leg around in front of the body in an arching motion, keeping the leg slightly bent at the knee.
5) This is the point of contact. Contact should be made with the side of the foot. The foot should be under complete tension so as not to cause jarring when the impact is made. I find that I can achieve this quite easily by pulling the toes up, and pushing the heel out. Remember that this is a front facing kick, so the back should be up straight in order to increase power of the kick, and balance of the body.
6) Carry on arching the leg round (with the hips) so that it is now the rear foot. Remember to keep the arms up.
7) Swing the leg back into its original position. The kicking leg has now become the rear foot.
8) Back in to the ready stance.


Spin Cres kick
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