How to Do a Hook Kick - Part 2

The Hook kick is a highly specialised kick. It is used most effectively as a surprise attack, rather than as a staple move. It is also used in sport Taekwondo competitions.

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How to Do a Hook Kick - Part 2
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From my regular stance I prepare to turn round the back of myself.

From my regular stance I prepare to turn round the back of myself.

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I pivot the front foot and draw the rear foot near as I prepare to kick. My heels are facing the target, and I aim at the opponent over my shoulder ready to turn into the kick.

I pivot the front foot and draw the rear foot near as I prepare to kick. My heels are facing the target, and I aim at the opponent over my shoulder ready to turn into the kick.

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I draw the rear leg forward preparing to sweep across the target with the sole of the foot. My hips begin to turn. I keep looking over my shoulder at the target. My leg is tucked.

I draw the rear leg forward preparing to sweep across the target with the sole of the foot. My hips begin to turn. I keep looking over my shoulder at the target. My leg is tucked.

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I lean back at the waist which raises the hips.  I extend the hip and knee across the face of the target in a hooking action. My body has twisted into the attack.

I lean back at the waist which raises the hips. I extend the hip and knee across the face of the target in a hooking action. My body has twisted into the attack.

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I sweep across the target by bending the knee, snapping the foot across the target. I then finish the kick by regaining my stance, lowering the kicking leg.

I sweep across the target by bending the knee, snapping the foot across the target. I then finish the kick by regaining my stance, lowering the kicking leg.

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As I turn, I shift the bodyweight away from the foot that is turning or moving, onto the opposite foot. Here, because I am drawing the rear foot in, my weight is on the front foot which has pivoted.

As I turn, I shift the bodyweight away from the foot that is turning or moving, onto the opposite foot. Here, because I am drawing the rear foot in, my weight is on the front foot which has pivoted.

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I keep the body aligned for balance. I extend the foot for additional reach. Alternatively, I could strike with the heel.

I keep the body aligned for balance. I extend the foot for additional reach. Alternatively, I could strike with the heel.

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I snap the leg back in as I finish the execution of the kick. This aids recovery, so that I can transition well back into my stance.

I snap the leg back in as I finish the execution of the kick. This aids recovery, so that I can transition well back into my stance.

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