Visualization/Mental Aspect of the MT Roundhouse?
So I had my first Muay Thai class today. The class is taught by Ryan Gruhn, who seems like an awesome guy and a good teacher. He sent me a video to watch before class on the Thai roundhouse so I would know what to expect.
YouTube - Muay Thai Boxing / MMA - Round Kick - Real Contact Fighter
Anyway, after doing Tang Soo Do for years and years, I knew I'd have trouble with this kick. And I did. Obviously, with TSD, TKD, etc. the aim is to kick with the foot, with full extension of the knee and a retraction to chamber afterwards. Meanwhile, the Thai kick is done with the knee bent the whole way through, hitting with the shin and spinning through rather than retracting. Pretty much the only similarity is that the hip rotates far enough that the heel ends up pointing at the target.
The technique I can at least mimic, but I had real trouble hitting the bag with any power like Ryan did in the video. So I think part of it is, I don't mentally understand the kick in terms of power. A Tang Soo kick is easy to understand, because extension of a joint while tensing at impact feels powerful, so I sort of understand how to generate power with the kick.
I might be thinking too much into it, since this was just my first class, but I'm not getting where to (silly as this might sound) "think" the power from in the MT roundhouse. Is it the swing of the leg around? The lift from the ball of the foot on the base leg? The snap of the hip rotation?
Any suggestions as to how to think about the Thai kick relative to the TSD/TKD kick in order to understand the power it generates better? Or is this just going to take lots of practice until it "clicks?"