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Monday, February 05, 2007

Axe Kick

When I first started competing in Olympic Style Taekwondo, the Axe Kick was a bomb. The idea was to bring it up as high as you could, and drop it as hard and fast as possible.

Over the years, to accommodate for increased speed of the game, the Axe Kick became more linear. It was chambered similar to a front kick, rather then executed with a straight leg. In addition, the kicking leg was brought up only 3 - 6 inches higher then the target.

For me personally, Axe kick worked well for "kicking on the motion" of my opponent. That is to kick on the opponents forward motion, but not necessarily waiting for them to kick.

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Windows Media: Axe Kick
Clip Information:
Clip 1: 1996 World Cup
Clip 2: 1996 President Cup
Clips 3 &4: 1993: USTU (USAT) nationals


John Vesia said...

Axe kick - tough kick to control in sparring, no? I imagine the primary target is the shoulder/collarbone region. Also, it must be tricky to score with this kick if the opponent is moving side-to-side - unless you can turn it into a crescent kick.

Gordon White said...

Hi John,

Axe kick can be hard to control, but the majority of the time it ends up being a glancing blow. (not all that time though!)

Typically Axe kick it ends up on the side of the head gear or (as you said) the collarbone/shoulder.

The WTF has increased the "head"
target area to go from the collar bone up. This stops people from punching to the collar bone, (because this is now considered punching to the head and is not legal)and it also increases the chances of scoring with high section kick, thus encouraging more difficult techniques and making the match more exciting.