Skip/Step Kicks. A step/skip kick may be used from a greater distance than a standard kick. Either step or skip the rear foot forward while performing a lead leg kick. Adjust length of your movement to suit the distance to be covered. Use a hand attack feint to disguise the initial foot motion. In skipping, the most difficult part is to synchronize the skip with the foot impacting the target. If you kick too early, you will pitch forward off balance. If you kick too late, then all momentum will be lost. For even faster kicks, first raise lead leg for a standard kick, and then skip rear leg forward as you kick with lead leg (do not step or skip first).
Spin Kicks. Kicks where the body rotates about its vertical axis in a reverse direction before the kick is executed. The spin adds power to the kick but since the back is presented to the opponent, it may be dangerous. If you attempt a spinning kick from neutral distance (where neither you nor your opponent can reach each other) you will not only fall short of the target, you will leave yourself open to an easy counterattack. To attack successfully, you must take at least a half step closer to your opponent, filling any space that your opponent might use to counterattack. To counterattack with a spinning kick, you must have extremely good reflexes not to allow your opponent to cut off your kick before you complete it.
Always spin upper body, head first, then shoulders and arms, then torso, before the kicking foot leaves the floor. Remember: for spin kicks, spin then kick.
Spin on the ball of the foot, not the heel! Lift the heel off the floor and then lift all the toes off the floor as much as possible, so that only the ball of the foot is in contact with the floor. Then you spin on the ball of the foot. As you start the spin, lift your body weight upwards, similar to a little jump. It is a very small movement; the ball of the foot does not leave the floor. The toes act as 5 little brakes on the floor that control the speed of the spin and help stop it. Dropping the heel will stop the spin.