How to Tornado kick

A jump spin inside kick.

How to Tornado kick video:

Why learn the Tornado kick?

The tornado kick (and 360 kick) are the most basic jump spin kicks you can possibly do. You specifically need the tornado kick for cool tricks like the 540 kick, Sideswipe, Ch. 720 kick, and many many more!

Learning the Tornado kick

Learning is intuitive and simple.  Just watch the video above and emulate.  Then read the step by step guide below:

How to Tornado kick step by step














How to train the tornado kick into a 540 kick

Really, if you're getting into tricking, the whole purpose of learning the tornado kick is to turn it into a 540 kick. Train your tornado kicks until they are merely good enough to begin trying 540 kicks. They do not have to be perfect.  In fact, my tornado kick looks the way it does NOT from endlessly drilling the tornado kick.  My tornado kick looks the way it does because I moved up and learned the 540 kick.  Training the 540 kick has made my tornado kick better than it could have ever become had I only been drilling tornado kicks.  And training the 540 kick involves more than just tornado kicking and hoping you land on the kicking leg.

Variations to play with

You can do this move using a front kick, inside crescent, or round kick for the kick. You can also manipulate it into a split front kick or a simple split kick. You can even do a tornado side kick with this setup.  Try different things. And one day, when you're up for it, try doing more difficult things with your tornado kick, like using it in the tornado kick_2_aerial combo.

My experience learning to tornado kick

Well. I got this move my first few tries when I was a pudgy, yellow belt, fourteen year old kid in Taekwondo class. Then I crashed 540 kicks for six months until I landed that. And that's it!

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  • Sinjin on

    This looks like a fei long kick? to me. How much lift do you give the non-kicking leg?

  • Juho on

    Another good tutorial from you! Even if there’s thousands of tutorials for tornado in youtube I think you should still put this (and all the others aswell!) public. Learning from you is over 9000x cooler than from some other. People could discover all the goooooood this site has to offer thru youtube if you add the link in description.

  • Jon Call on

    Thank you my friend. :-) I feel basic tutorials are important because people getting started need this kind of detailed information on basic techniques more than people who are experienced need detailed information on advanced techniques.

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