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typically to set this move up you should start with your left leg in front (or which ever leg you're not gonna kick with). of course theres other ways to learn like standing and with some extra steps, but this is one of the most typical setups so we'll use this...

 

kelly_-_540.mpg
kelly_-_540.mpg

now step forward with your right leg, or your kicking leg. do this so that it gives you the most momentum.. it works differently for everyone.. slow, fast, with a little hop, whatever. also make sure you get a good pivot on that step. look at the picture and you'll see that kelly's heel is pointing forward towards where hes gonna kick.. if you dont pivot then you'll find yourself doing alot more work then you really have to.. try it out and you'll see. also swing your arms in this step, since it gives you more momentum. another thing that might help at this point is staying lower to the ground, which can help you "chamber" some weight and energy which will help you get higher once you jump..




kelly_-_540.mpg
kelly_-_540.mpg

taking off.. try to use everything you possibly can to get yourself higher. swing your arms up, throw your chest up, and lift your nonkicking leg as high as you can. when you bring that leg up its better to keep it straight at first, and then bend it once the kick goes across. think whatever you need to, to get that leg higher. for example you can imagine that left leg is trying to crescent kick a high target.. etc. probably the MOST IMPORTANT thing in this step that people don't do is they dont STALL!! when you watch the crazy 540'ers like chris de vera and kelly in these pictures, they get really high and seemingly float before they kick over. its hard and i don't quite have it, but try really hard.. JUMP FIRST! and try to get to the peak of your jump before you kick at all. it might be awkward feeling but try to force yourself to do it. you stop getting higher the instant you kick across.. so it makes sense to wait until you're at your peak before kicking..


 

kelly_-_540.mpg
kelly_-_540.mpg

when you do the kick theres a few different ways you can do it.. theres bent and straight legged 540s first of all. bending your leg and snapping it out can be easier at first, but try to avoid it since its REALLY REALLY bad for your knee.. straight legged 540s look smoother and better since the kick has a wider arc.. you can also 540 doing crescent or roundhouse kicks. crescents tend to look better, but they're slower than roundhouses, and they put your hips in a bad position if you want to do a jacknife. so if you wanna jacknife your 540 you should turn your hips over and do roundhouse instead of crescent.. aside from all that technical stuff, try to use your abs to help whip your kick over. also, if you brought your nonkicking leg up straight, then this is when you'll bend it, to help facilitate the landing.

 

kelly_-_540.mpg
kelly_-_540.mpg

when you come out of a 540 try to do it as lightly as possible. it can be rough at first and you might hurt your ankle, but that will go away over time, especially if you get higher and overrotate just a bit, then its a lot easier on your joints. if you wanna combo your 540, then you should try and stop yourself after you land, so you're stable enough for a wheel kick. if you're not combo'ing it then just naturally spin out of it.. and if you're high enough you can try spinning extra before landing.. bring your arms in, and use your abs and shoulders to torque.