Most of the time when I introduce students to the crescent kicks, I try and sell it more as a coordination/flexibility workout than as an actual functional kick. I tell students that the major benefits I’ve gotten from practicing all the various crescent kicks is more flexible hamstrings.
I will, from now on, direct them to this video (thanks to Sean for the link) and keep my opinions to myself.
We spent about 1/2 the class building up to doing a jump spinning inward crescent kick. If it sounds like a mouthful, it feels like even more of one. Just ask anyone who was in class tonight though, once you get the hang of it and you actually connect a kick solidly with the pad – it’s super fun.
As a final note (mostly to the students who were in class tonight), after watching the video several more times, it looks like the fighter only does one jump during the kick as we were doing two – probably less of a telegraph that way.