Taekwondo Hopping or Step Behind Side Kick

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Taekwondo Hopping or Step Behind Side Kick

This page teaches you how to do a Taekwondo hopping side kick (also known as the step behind or sliding side kick). It is a great way to close the distance with an opponent & land a powerful kick.

To learn other kicking techniques, please visit our Taekwondo kicks page.

Instructions

  • To perform a hopping or step behind side kick, you start in a fighting stance. Take a sideways leap towards your opponent then bring your rear foot up to your front foot or beyond your front foot (as your back leg crosses behind your front leg). As your momentum carries you forward, push off with your rear foot and fire a quick side kick at your opponent. This kick is supposed to be fast and cover a lot of ground. It is also less "telegraphed" than the traditional rear leg side kick (where you must rotate & cock your leg) because it utilizes a front leg side kick.

Instructional Video for the Step Behind Side Kick

Bruce Lee using the Hopping or Step Behind Side Kick


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