The Heel Kick is often learned in conjunction with the Snap Kick. Much of the action of both kicks are the same. There are a few differences surrounding the purpose of the kick. As the Snap Kick is like a straight punch, the Heel Kick is like a push.
The Heel Kick:
- From a forward bow stance, move your weight forward onto your front foot and pick up the knee of the back leg. As you are shifting weight forward, release the kick and extend completely (avoid cutting the kick short.)
- The hip of the kicking leg is forward of the hip of the standing leg.
- The higher the knee is lifted, the higher the kick can go.
- Contact is made with the heel of the foot.
- Always try to deliver 100% of power to each kick during practice, as well as kick as high as possible. If you can kick high with power and balance, then you can certainly kick to the lower and mid-range targets with confidence.
- The Heel Kick is often effectively used at a downward angle to crumble an opponent to the ground.
- Power, speed and balance are generated from proper form, strong “core” and leg muscles, and a relaxed body. Those characteristics are attained by doing a whole lot of them in class day in and day out.