Strongest Kick In Taekwondo
The strongest kick in Taekwondo is the Step-In Sidekick. Back kicks and sidekicks were used to train Korean soldiers in real unarmed combat situations during ancient times. They are lethal.
If you add a step before your turning sidekick, you can generate more momentum, speed, and power to your kick.
The Disadvantage of Step In Side Kick
As you are turning away from your opponent it could leave you vulnerable for split second and are a little slower to execute compared to spinning hook kick or back kick. Step in sidekick is very rarely used during the Taekwondo competition for this reason.
However, with a step-in sidekick, you can produce a lot of power.
Step In Side Kick In Action
See the step in sidekick in action at 1 min mark. This kick is a real Joe Rogan Experience 🙂
Those kicks have serious power!
Step in back kick has so much power to potentially permanently damage your lungs and ribs if you’re kicked this by a person the same size as you. Getting a step-in back kick won’t feel good on anyone’s ribs, that’s for sure.
Keys To Step In Back Kick
Step in sidekick is an advanced kick in Taekwondo where you need first fully to be able to execute side kicks and back kicks with power and speed.
Once you have mastered and perfected your back kick and side kick basics, the step in back kick can be executed with more speed and power.
- FOCUS on a small area target as possible and fully concentrate on the execution of your kick.
- Have the correct Centre of BALANCE throughout your kick. (it is essential to master the basics of back kick)
- Use your MOMENTUM from your non-kicking foot and bring your body fully forward in a straight line right through your target. In short, fully follow through your kick like Joe Rogan does in the video above.
- As you get comfortable with the kick, practice executing the kick with more SPEED. As the equation goes, Force times Speed equals power.
In the video below there is no full follow through with the kick like Joe Rogan’s step in back kick above because it is designed for demonstration.
Step-in side back kicks technique is a slight variation to step-in-sidekicks. Practicing your step in back kick will help you get the flow and get the general momentum of the kick and help you transition to the step in sidekick.
To be able to execute step in sidekick you want to first master your stationary side kick and back kicks.
If you are a beginner or intermediate level in Taekwondo you will get a great value from Sang H. Kim Book Complete Kicking to understand and learn the fundamentals of the kicks.
Sang H. Kim covers in-depth over 40 taekwondo Kicks in his book Complete Kicking which guides you step by step for each kicks with diagrams and pictures. Grab a copy! you won’t be disappointed.
Van Roon in the video below gives a great demonstration of various back kicks which includes spinning sidekicks. Once you have mastered spinning side kick, add a step to give your spinning side kick momentum, and you will be able to execute step in sidekick like the Joe Rogan video above.
Van Roon does not seem to add much water or sand in Bob – maybe for dramatic falls 🙂 I digress. Can’t blame him. Who does not like beating the shell out of Bob?