The Crescent Kick (or Outside Crescent Kick) is a specialty kick that is limited to attacking an opponents head and arms/hands. For this reason, it must be practiced as high as possible to ensure speed, power and balance.
- From a forward bow stance, move your weight forward onto your front foot and turn the hip of the back foot across the body.
- Pick up the back foot and with a generally straight leg, bring it up towards it’s opposite shoulder. As it approaches the top of the shoulder bring it across the body and back down.
- The non-kicking foot naturally turns and grinds into the ground – mostly on the ball of the foot.
- Both hands should be hit at about head level to prevent potential injury to the lower back.
- Contact is made with the outside of the foot.
- Always try to deliver 100% of power and speed to each kick during practice, as well as kick as high as possible.
- Power, speed and balance are generated from proper form, strong “core” and leg muscles, and a relaxed body. Those characteristics are attained by practicing the kick thousands and thousands of times.