How to Kick with More Power and Accuracy in Martial Arts


Howdy. Ando here from SenseiAndo.com. In my video, How to Kick Faster, I talked
about how to get your foot up off the ground. Today, I want to talk about the second part
of the kick— or most kicks– and that’s your chamber. Having a strong, balanced chamber is important
for at least three reasons. First, when you bring up that knee, you’re
setting up the big muscles of your thigh and butt behind the kick, so that means more power. Second, when you bring up your chamber, you’re
giving yourself the capability to kick up high, kick in the middle, or kick down low. So, that gives you more options. It also makes it harder for the other guy
to read what you’re going to do. Third, a chamber is the guidance system of
your kick. Wherever you aim that knee, well, that’s
where your foot is going to go. So, the more control and precision you have
over your chamber, the more accurate your kicks are going to be. So, today, let me give you two simple drills
to improve your chambers. If you do them, I think you’ll find your kicks
are going to get stronger and more accurate. Okay. Drill number one. Knee Ups. Now, I’m not talking about running in place
and hitting your hands. Although, that’s a fine exercise. I’m talking about trying to touch your shoulders
with your knees. Like this. Touch, touch, touch, touch. Now, keep in mind, I said touch your shoulders,
not hit your shoulders. You could create an impact here. (Grunts). Don’t get carried away and give yourself a
concussion. Now, do you always have to lift up your leg
that high to throw a kick? Of course not. But if you’re capable of doing it, you’re
going to give yourself some options. My only warning on this exercise is to not
cheat. I’ve seen some people get a little lazy and
they bend down to bring their shoulder up a little bit closer. And then inadvertently, they smash themselves
right in the face with a knee. Which is hilarious. Unless it’s you. So, don’t do that. Keep your head up and just touch your shoulder. If you want to make your Knee Ups more challenging,
then turn them into Knee Hugs. This time, instead of just touching your body,
catch your knee and give it a squeeze. This isn’t just good for developing your balance,
it’s great for building a habit of keeping your chamber close to your body. Sure, sometimes, I have a need for speed,
so I just stick that foot out there and kind of bypass the chamber. But if you’ve got the time, bringing that
chamber up and in recruits those big muscles so you’ll have more power extending your foot. So, be a lover and a fighter… get that chamber
up and give it a hug. If you’re having trouble getting your knee
all the way up to your shoulder, don’t worry. Let me show you a little trick. The truth is I’m not just lifting up my leg
by itself. If I just lift up my leg and keep my back
straight, well, my leg only goes so far. Once I get my knee to its top point, well,
then I use my lower abs and my hip to swing the leg up. So, this is a full body movement not just
a leg movement. So, crunch your core and bring that leg all
the way to your body. If you want to practice the same feeling of
this move another way, hey– try good, old-fashioned mountain climbers. No, not like that. That’s how babies do it.>>What did you call me? You heard me. Okay, that’s a little better.>>Damn right. But you could still crunch your core a little
bit more. There you go. Your goal is to get your foot in between your
hands… or as close as possible. Just keep your head up and work slow and steady. An even better drill is to add a kick after
the hug. So, hug-kick. Hug-kick. Just chamber up, find your balance, and let
that foot fly. If that’s not enough for you, okay, hotshot. Try adding a hug after the kick, too. So, hug-kick-hug. Kick-hug. Kick-hug. You can either alternate legs or
maybe try for 10 on the same leg without putting your foot down. Oh, by the way… so far, I’ve only been demonstrating
chambers for maybe a front kick, but you could do the same thing with side kicks, or round
kicks, or whatever kicks are in your arsenal. Which brings us to Drill #2. Drill #2. One of my favorite ways to warm up for kicking–
freestyle chambering. I just mean do a little shadowboxing, but
instead of focusing on your kicks, focus on setting up your kicks. Remember–if your chambers are floppy and
sloppy, then your kicks will be floppy and sloppy. So, make your chambers as strong and precise
as you can. And that’s your tip— train your chambers
as a separate skill set and, I promise, your kicks will be more powerful and more accurate
than ever. If you liked this video, hit subscribe. And don’t forget to find the link to sign
up for my free email updates list. Until next time, give yourself a big hug. You deserve it. And keep fighting for a happy life.

99 thoughts on “How to Kick with More Power and Accuracy in Martial Arts

  1. I like that lunge climber(?) mountain lunger?, idk, but its a nice variation. Might be worthwhile to add a resistance band to the knee raises in the early stages of development to strengthen hip flexors.

  2. I've always been wondering about how to improve my chambers and all the movements leading up to the kick, but never had much info. This is such a great, enlightening video, thanks very much sensei!

  3. Sorry, I like you & your videos VERY MUCH Ando, but Chambering is the surest way to telegraph a kick or a punch!ย  Your opponent will see it coming a mile away. That's the reason you see so few effectiveย kicks (relative to punches) in the UFC, Belltaor, etc & virtually ZERO in street fights.ย ย  . That's the problem Bruce Lee tried to confront when forming his Jeet Kune Do – – – how NOT to telegraph a kick (or punch) which even he could not solve. . But as far as I can tell after 40 + years of Martial Arts, except for VERY LOW KICKS (which aren't effective except as deterrants & are worthless in street fights), or a "teep" which buys you 2 seconds or deterrence, unless your attacker is a complete idiot – Chambering for the most part (CroCop excepted) unfortunately does NOT WORK!

  4. Another awesome video, Ando! I'm actually uploading one now that will compliment this one well — flexibility for kicks!

  5. Awesome video. Honestly I train more chambers than kicks and I really thought I was more lile playing and less like actually training. Glad that it turns out I did the right thing. Btw. Great flexibility! Keep it up!

  6. binge watched all of your videos , very informative and enjoyable ๐Ÿ™‚
    quick question, Would you consider 18 to be too late to get serious about mma? (like competing and tournaments and reaching a high tier in the game)

  7. I hear "the touch your shoulder" for a second time. So … one time accident, two times – coincidence, three times … well you know. Good advices And don't forget to keep your mouth shut. Earlier today I remembered you when I heard my teeth chatter. Now I know exactly what happened 10 years ago when I lost part of my tooth. I wish there was youtube back then.

  8. As always, Ando tries to pass on a good movement/lifestyle to us.
    And sry, good job well done. For sure, YOU can do this "better".
    I even told this Ando via PM! Made some screenshots from his videos
    and edited them via Photoshop, to let him know what i think about this.
    Now guess what? He answered. We talked.
    After the chat, i can say this:
    Ando is a very nice guy and knows what he is talking about.
    He cares. Who am i? Just some random person from the internet.
    THX Ando /bow

  9. Very clear and useful explanations, as always !!! Thank You Sensei Ando !!!

  10. Another Beautiful video by the beautiful soul and friend Ando! Keep it up buddy, love it so much I hope you make a video on how to get your wrists stronger ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. this is a very good tips video. thanks Ando. I actually used to do the shadow kicking excersices, they do help. I used to sleep with one knee to my chest facing down. like the fetal position. not because I wanted to stretch, but because I would feel relax, and I would fall asleep faster. maybe that's why I would never have any trouble kicking or doing the full split when I was in my 20s. now it's a different story. I'm going to try to sleep with my knee to my chest again. thanks for making me remwmber. and for the good tips

  12. wow… amazing keep uploading such videos you helped me alot after 2-3 weeks i have my first international kickboxing match against India…. any tips? how can i not be a punching bag

  13. How many Mountain Crawls would you recommend? Btw Thanks boss for the workout tips i'm in the process of trying to repair my body and you always got something helpful or at the very least entertaining to say.

  14. Sensiiiiii please do vedio about the bullyhand shak trick i had your broadcast i tried on my brother but it didn't work ๐Ÿ˜ช๐Ÿ˜ช

  15. Great tips, really something a beginner like me needs! Thanks sensei! (I do wonder who goes around adding the dislikes? Where on earth for ?)

  16. I am going to try this exercise on my next leg day. I want to kick the bag, though, and I'm not sure how to land it. should I keep the ball of my foot pulled up and hit with the heel?

  17. very nice scientifically explained.i am not being able to do round kicks and round house kicks as my hips are not that strong.

  18. I would request to upload some videos of techniques as to how to defend oneself against round kicks without using round kicks.although I loved to watch martial art movies,realisation came at a late age after suffering some racist physical attacks and depression.although after practising from videos I somehow managed to do straight and side kicks ,but could only execute the kicks with power till waist level,not high,although I m trying to increase flexibility by ur videos,it has helped.but I think I won't be able to do proper round kicks as I have started late.

  19. Sir i dont know however correct kicks or punch i throw some type back n joint pain is there..whether i hit slow or fast? Everything i do cintrolled manner no elbow hyperextensiin or whatever.sir any remedy for that

  20. I tell people to try to throw a punch from the waist without bending their elbow. That is how important a good chamber is to a kick..
    Good videos..

  21. Nice one now I can have ability to do a running speed from your other videos. Now everyoneโ€™s a master cause of you ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜…

  22. Free Style Shadow Boxing with Chambered Kicks is Good Kali Close-Quarters Knee Melee Practice!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  23. keep fighting, for a happy life. .
    your new video is too long for me. .
    so I search your old video. . and found this fantastic tips. . thank you. .๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

  24. Why don't kickboxers/mt fighters chamber their kicks?
    I get it for the low sweep kicks, but not for the high/head kicks etc…

  25. Well i got threatened again by my bully he gripped/hold my hair and said "Are you kidding/joking with me" with an ominous voice, his belittling me and his 17+ and i just turned 14

  26. Give those knees a huge. As well Ando, this works on your balance, the not full delivery of kicks. Chambering is a great for practicing Feints = ( "Setting someone up with the illusion of a kick." (Fakes are called feints in Dueling. The best fighters duel with their limbs using the twist of the torso and play with gravity. "Grasshopper" Lesson 101. LOL. You always have great advice. Because I am older I invented it as you again took it from me LOL. There is nothing new under the skys. I say you are a great teacher because as well you are still a student. Thank you, "Sir" You forgot "MR, Pillow" If that nasty bad pillow pushes you pull; however, lets not turn it into a tug of war? Sun Tuz, Attack what is open and weak first and avoid what is close and strong. Let play Go.LOL Just playing Master, No jokes very well, I believe there are many fighters that forget all that come natural and don't do this. You have been promoted to teacher over teachers.

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