Just want to echo that it is modified technique. I think they could get away with throwing it properly sometimes and they just dont, and a lot of guys thus get lazy and just don’t know proper form.
Where I train they teach us both and make sure you sprinkle your opponent with both variations to keep him guessing.
I know when kicking high I throw it a little more Shidokan style (think Cro-Cop) cause its a little safer to me, not as much power from the hip as a FULL thai kick but its faster and not sloppy.
As far as stretching for kicking:
Get a foam roller and use it more than you masturbate. Your IT band, your glutes, hamstrings, lower back, hip flexors, quads, anything that feels tight and everything that doesn’t. You may need to get a little more aggressive and use a tennis ball there are articles on the site about that so warm up that search function. If you can’t find it re-post and I’ll find it for you.
Try this stretch from Joe Defranco: [i]"Dirty Trick #1: This dirty trick works so well it gives me chills! Well, not really but it’s damn effective.
Have you ever noticed that the day after you’ve performed a lot of jumping that your hip flexors were sore? I’ve personally pulled hip flexor muscles while testing my vertical jump. What I eventually figured out was that the rapid, full body extension that followed the rapid descent into the jump was tearing them up. After further analysis, one could conclude that if these muscles were getting torn up, that meant that they were probably resisting the height of the jump.
Hopefully we’re all well aware that static stretching isn’t recommended before any explosive activity. Static stretching your hip flexors before testing your vertical jump is the exception to the rule! You see, since the hip flexors aren’t prime movers in jumping and they tend to resist our jump, the goal is to weaken them and put them to “sleep” before jumping. Static stretching accomplishes these goals. Static stretching your hip flexors will create less friction during your jump. Less hip flexor friction during your jump equals higher vertical jump heights!
Below is one of my favorite hip flexor stretches, but go ahead and choose your favorite and perform 2 sets of 20-30 seconds on each side.
NOTE: The hip flexor stretch pictured below is a great stretch to perform before squatting as well. It will help you get deeper into your squats as well as prevent getting pulled forward during squatting. Give it a try! " [/i]
Link to Picture: defrancostraining.com/articles/archive/articles_dirty-tricks.htm
- A dynamic stretch I used to do in track were figure 8’s. Stand next to something stable and the leg not next to the wall swing from inside out (like a crescent kick if you know ka-ra-te, lol) when you’re about to cross your body’s line again make it do the same behind you creating an 8 shape.
Keep doing that till you progressively make bigger 8’s, when your knee can hit your chest you’re getting flexible (ok a little too flexible, hah).