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How to Do the Butterfly Kick in Shaolin Kung Fu

Learn how to do the butterfly kick from Sifu Karl Romain in this Shaolin kung fu Howcast video.

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Now we're going to help you to understand and learn the butterfly kick. The butterfly kick is basically a round house kick and a jump spinning hook kick done at the same time. This is a very famous kick in Kung-Fu.

So we'll begin by showing you the fundamentals and basics. To begin with Ty is going to go to a forward stance. He's going to stretch both arms out and what we want to do is have the left hand forward. The reason why is as you do this kick you want to swing the arms from one ear to another.

Now, when you get to this point, the arms are whipping, you want to pivot and bring your leg up. You want to try to hold your leg up in the air and look up so that you get a nice arch in the back and the toe is pointed. You want to try to keep your hip down. This is the first part of the kick. Let's try that one more time.

He's going to turn, swing the arms, and look up, like you're looking at someone, and point your toe. That's the first part of the kick.

Now the next way you want to practice this kick is with a qualified partner who knows how to spot you. What he's going to do is he's going to step up and you're going to give him your arm. It's very important to keep your head down. He's going to place his hand on your belly and he's going to help you by pulling you around as you kick.

Now I'll demonstrate the butterfly kick at full speed. And that concludes our demonstration of the butterfly kick.

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