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Back Kick

Back Kick

 

The Back Kick is one of four Nia kicks that draw upon the marital arts for inspiration. As you practice, maintain balance through the core and key into a four part aciton: PREPARE by drawing thigbone UP, heel draws IN to buttock, kick back OUT with heel, draw IN with heel, and release foot DOWN to floor. Think: IN, OUT, IN, DOWN.  Keep standing leg "spring-loaded", directing your attention simultaneously back toward your target and on your standing leg directing energy down. 

 

As you gain movement skill and balance, play with different heights, speeds, range of motions, energies and combinations. Continue below for Tip and Video!

 

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Side Kick

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The Side Kick is one of four Nia kicks that draw upon the marital arts for inspiration. As you practice, key into a four part aciton: PREPARE by drawing thigbone UP, heel draws IN to buttock, kick OUT to siide with heel keeping the outer thighbone facing the sky, and release foot DOWN to floor. Think: UP, OUT, IN, DOWN.  Keep standing leg "spring-loaded", directing your attention simultaneously out toward your target and on your standing leg directing energy down. 

 

As you gain movement skill and balance, play with different heights, speeds, range of motions, energies and combinations. Continue below for Tip and Video!

 

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Front Kick

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The Front Kick is one of four Nia kicks that draw upon the marital arts for inspiration. As you practice, maintain an upright, balanced core and key into a four part aciton: PREPARE by drawing thigbone UP, heel draws IN to buttock, kick forward OUT with heel, draw back IN, and release foot DOWN to floor. Think: IN, OUT, IN, DOWN.  Keep standing leg "spring-loaded", directing your attention simultaneously out toward your target and on your standing leg directing energy down. 

 

As you gain movement skill and balance, play with different heights, speeds, range of motions, energies and combinations. Continue below for Tip and Video!

 

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