The Tornado Kick
While Drake is turning up, partying, and making the club go up on a Tuesday, I’ll be practicing, working hard, and making my kicks go up on a Tuesday! Kicks take a lot of practice. Think about a kicker on a football team. Sure it may seem as though he has the easiest job and all he’s doing is swinging his leg, but there are a lot of technical procedures that a kicker must follow to generate the most powerful and accurate kick to score for his team. To a martial artist, technique is everything! Without good technique, both strength and accuracy are lost. Today, I’ll be describing your first advanced kick, the Tornado Kick (AKA: 360 Kick, 360 Roundhouse).
1.) Start with a balanced stance.
2.) From the balanced stance, you want to start turning the opposite direction of the foot you are going to kick with. Notice: I am using my arms to help me turn.
3.) After turning about 180 degrees, lift the opposite leg you are going to kick with.
4.) Next, jump off of the leg that you are going to kick with. (Still turning)
5.) Finally, the kick! You are going to land on the leg you lifted up on step 2 and you are going to do a switching motion then land. You can either do a roundhouse kick or crescent kick. Either way, you end up with a tornado kick. Personally, just starting off, I would go with the crescent because it is a little easier while spinning.
In full motion it looks like this:
Again, notice I am using my arms to help me turn. Additionally, you can definitely improve on this kick! You can train to spring higher and turn faster so you can get a 540 degree or 720 degree or 900 degree tornado kick if you wanted to! Here is an example of a 540 from me:
Here’s a 900 degree kick that I wish I could do but I will continue to train until I can get this! Although it is a hook kick, the concept and steps are similar. It is all based off of the spring and spin.