Spinning Hook Kick – Everybody who is able to utilize this technique successfully usually gets tons of applause. And these knockouts are remembered forever!
Spinning hook kick is known as one of the most brutal strikes you can apply on your opponent.
Since the fighting beginnings, many martial arts were trying to utilize this technique as an ultimate way to defeat opponents in an attractive manner.
Everybody who is able to utilize this technique successfully usually gets tons of applause.
And these knockouts are remembered forever!
Why do we want to introduce the spinning hook kick?
From my experience, this technique has numerous advantages:
- The first one is the fact it could break almost every guard, no matter how strong it is.
- The second is its application – you usually hit the opponent with your heel or plantar part of the foot, which definitively leaves a very small chance for an injury.
Somebody who kicks on a regular basis is more prone to injuries than a puncher, an elbow man, or a knee expert.
- The third advantage is related to the possibility of a counter.
If spinning hook kick is done as a counter strike you have a few times bigger chances of knocking your opponent out.
Spinning hook kick is an ultimate way to force the opponent touch the floor. This technique usually goes around the opponent’s guard and he has to move his head if he even thinks of continuing the match.
There are many styles of spinning hook kick which could be used effectively in a Muay Thai fight.
- Taekwondo style is the most effective, most dangerous, and the fastest way to teach your opponent a lesson.
- Spinning wheel kick is more related to the Kyokushinkai Karate or traditional Japanese styles,
- While spinning heel kick is usually performed by a pure kickboxer or a Muay Thai specialist.
In this article, we recommend you to learn Taekwondo style.
You will need more time but you may get tons of advantages – better angular velocity, better angular speed, a bigger probability of successful strike, a higher rate of knockout, and more probability to stop the opponent who persistently goes towards you and cuts the distance.
Of course, you need to react like a Siberian cat but as you train your performances will be improved.
Here is how the perfect technique should look like (we are describing right spinning hook kick – Taekwondo style and differences between styles, which will be described under note):
#1 - Warm Up
#2 - Try to narrow your stance
Comparing to your regular Muay Thai stance, legs should be placed closer to each other.
Note: When it comes to spinning wheel kick, it can be performed from a regular stance. It won’t be that quick and destructive, but it can rock the opponent. Spinning heel kick requires a slightly narrower guard.
#3 - Bend your knees and rotate your left leg clockwise
Your right and left leg should nearly be in the same line. Lift on the balls off your toes and clench your fists.
- When you counter, you don’t have time to place both legs perfectly.
- React in the split of a second pulling back at the same time.
- Step 3 counts only when you attack.
- Do not telegraph – if your legs are in the same line and your knees are 90-degrees bent, the opponent will probably be aware of your intentions.
#4 - Initiating the rotation
Swing your left arm clockwise and slightly jump on your leading leg, initiating the rotation.
Right arm must follow the movement.
- If you really want to improve the rotation, learn left uppercut first. It will provide you with tons of positive transfer.
- When it comes to spinning wheel kick, your hands follow the movement with one difference – there is no extension in the elbow joint.
#5 - Keep the balance
As you reached 180-degree rotation, look over the shoulder of your leading leg and flex your arms, closing them towards your body.
- You don’t have time to turn every time, especially when it is a counterattack.
- But you might fall flat on your face if this suggestion is forgotten.
#6 - Performing the hooking motion
Lift your right leg off the floor, making sure it is flexed in your knee joint and it should stand 90-degree towards the floor.
Explode with your leg forward, performing the hooking motion.
Contract the rear side of your right leg, pushing it forward and extending knee and foot joint.
Try to perform the hooking motion as narrow as possible for the maximum knockout power and angular velocity.
- Push your hips forward when you perform the attack and move your head as far away as possible from the opponent to avoid counter kick or counterpunch.
- If you want to counter, your hips must remain still or go backward, depending on the distance between you and your opponent.
- When it comes to spinning wheel kick, hips don’t move and the arch is very wide.
- Spinning heel kick requires slightly wider arch (kickboxing style spinning heel kick).
#7 - Hitting your opponent
Clench up your right fist which is turned towards your chest.
Try to accelerate your right leg as much as possible as it climbs towards the opponent’s head.
Utilize the momentum to rock your opponent, hitting him with the plantar side of your foot.
- When it comes to spinning wheel kick, your hitting surface might even be the lateral side of your foot.
- Spinning heel kick has one difference – dorsiflex your foot and slam the rival’s hand or guard with your heel!
#8 - Finish
Continue rotating and return to the starting position. Assume the Muay Thai stance immediately.
Note: You mustn’t stop if you miss, continue moving. An opponent can counter you brutally so be warned, transit to the defense immediately!
#9 - Cover your head or jump backward.
Reverse Spinning Hook Kick - Another Ultimate Taekwondo Weapon
This is an excellent weapon against the opponent who constantly goes backward.
All you need to do is perform a step forward.
Steps 4-9 are the same, with one difference – when you return to the starting position, your left leg will become your rear leg.
So either you switch stances or perform a switch kick. Reverse spinning hook kick is seen at 1:24 of the video under.
You also have an attractive type of this kick – 360 reverse hook kick tutorial.
It might not be the best one for the fight, but try it out on the opponent who constantly stays away from you.
Spinning Hook Kick - Tips And Tricks
Take a look at the previous video and see the differences.
- The first KO, Edson Barboza, is a pure Taekwondo style which targets long range.
- The second one is a pure Karate version – the fighter goes very wide.
- The third version, Junior dos Santos, looks like a Muay Thai style of spinning wheel kick.
The first hit is the strongest, the quickest, and the most destructive one – it is Taekwondo spinning hook kick.
You probably wonder how will you know where could this strike go and what is the perfect timing to execute it.
There are different rules for a southpaw and orthodox fighters.
Here is the general set of rules with additional advice:
- Feint or trick.
When you attack, at least perform a left jab to hide your real intention.
An opponent can go forward or backward and prevent your strike from developing.
You can also try it out after you attack with the left cross.
- Hunt opponents arm.
An opponent who usually throws a left jab, left cross, or left overhand is a great victim for a spinning heel kick, just make sure to counter at the moment he opens.
If you are a southpaw go backward and do it only when your opponent tries right cross, otherwise you will only hit his arm.
- Low kick.
There is no better chance for counter than a low kick to the inside of your leg.
An opponent usually forgets to keep his hands high and only one arm defends the head – it is an outstanding way to bypass his defense.
Southpaw fighters should do it when a right low kick is thrown.
Optionally, you can throw a spinning hook kick against each low kick but you will risk the collision.
- Body kick or high kick.
The perfect chance. If you are an orthodox fighter, left body kick is your opportunity.
You can try it out against the left high kick but you will have 50-50.
Southpaw fighter should do it against a right roundhouse kick to the body, but never against a Brazilian kick you will miss or collide.
It is also possible against right high kick with 50-50 possibility.
- Fall to the ground intentionally.
Muay Thai has a great set of rules – an opponent mustn’t attack you when you are on the ground.
Fall while doing spinning hook kick if it is a counterattack – it is very dangerous technique and you won’t be countered for sure!
This advice doesn’t count for MMA fight – an opponent will try to execute ground and pound strikes.
- Close distance. Never try this out of the clinch – you will receive an elbow or a knee.
- Prevention kick.
A disrupting technique will block the opponent in the case you miss.
As soon as you rear leg is in the guard again, execute a teep kick to increase the distance.
Even if your opponent is super fast, he will have a hard time hitting you.
Spinning hook kick is an ultimate knockout weapon of surprise.
You should keep an ace in your sleeve, owe a trademark strike which could determine the outcome of the fight.
Even when you are heavily beaten, wait for your opponent and hit his head with an attractive technique.
You can rock him or miss but an applause you will get and the video which will be filmed becomes the part of a history.
Who knows, if the knockout was successful, the press can talk about your fatal strike for a long time!
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