Written By: Maxwell Fayans
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Today was my first time attending a kickboxing class. I found Church St. kickboxing on ClassPass and figured I would give it a try. It was a great experience. I learned self defense technique, put on some gloves and worked on some sequences. It is all about technique rather than how hard you hit. Here are the top 10 things I learned coming from a first timer. One of my goals for 2017 is to learn kickboxing and start going once a week.
- Stance: I’m a righty so left foot forward and back foot should be more on the toes than your heel
- Stance: Your back foot toes should be even with the heel of the front foot. You don’t want to be too wide or too narrow
- Left Hand is the Jab hand.
- Make a fist but keep your arms more on the loose side then the tense side.
- Keep your elbows in and hands up at all times. Otherwise you can break a rib from a kick or get hit in the face.
- When you jab, you step.
- When you hook, you pivot the front foot.
- When you kick, you open up the hip and hit with the shin.
- Don’t lean too forward when you punch (this is something I need to work on). You want to be in balance. At the same time keep your chin down.
- When you perform high knees or kicks: use your hips to drive forward.
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