All kicks start with the hands and arms being held in a basic guard position: Hands in fists held just below cheekbones with palms toward face, with forearms almost vertical. The arms do not move during a kick. Do not let kicking side elbow rise and expose the abdomen. Keep the elbows under their respective fists. If opponent is quicker than you are, he or she may kick you during you mid-kick movements.
Keep up your guard up at all times!
When kicking, always keep your guard up. Do not use your hands arms for balance. Arms are used for guarding, blocking, and attacking, not for kicking or balance. Balance is maintained through subtle body movements and muscle tension. If you have strong, toned, powerful muscles, balance is not a problem. If you have a weak musculature, a potbelly, or poor conditioning, you will probably need to thrash your arms around like a turkey trying to fly in an effort to maintain your balance. Do not use your arms in an attempt to add power to a kick. Keep your guard up for protection at all times!
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