I begin by swinging my leg forwards. this can be done from either side of the target, or even through the middle.
At the apex of the swing I expose the heel, or point the foot depending on the situation. The leg goes up straight, ready to reign down through the middle across the face, head, or collar bone.
As I smash down through the target, I control the downswing of the leg. I avoid dropping it heavily into the ground, ready to set myself up in the next position.
as I smash down my hips are used to add power. It isn't just a leg swing. My head isn't tilted, and remains in line with the standing leg for balance.
as a counter weight to the forward momentum, I lean back slightly as the hips are thrown in and the leg is forced down. I control this momentum by setting the foot down with poise. The body has turned
The leg swings up through the middle, or round the side depending on the situation. But it comes down through the middle.
it's a whole body movement. The body is used to stabilize the kick and keep balance. The foot is extended towards the target.