The challenge this week (14-20 Sep) is 100 Roundhouse Kicks (Tollyo Cha Ki). You may space-out and break-up the kicks any way you wish, but the challenge is to complete 100 on each side this week. Notice where is your weight is setting in your hips, your base foot, your knees, and in your chest. Keep your center of gravity in your abdomen.
Roundhouse Kick (Tollyo Cha Ki) can be performed from the rear leg or the front leg. The initial load is similar to the Front Kick, but as the knee rises to the target, your hips and base foot rotate allowing reach and mechanical alignment. A few notes: 1) Remember there are three parts to every kick (chamber, extension, re-chamber). 2) Your points at your target (i.e. the leg, the body, the head) before you extend the kick. 3) Don’t lean backward to gain height; flexibility will come with training and time. 4) Use a chair/bar for balance if needed.
Don’t forget to stretch at least 10 minutes everyday.