kim_do_-_doubleleg_2.mpg
kim_do_-_doubleleg_2.mpg

going into a doubleleg, make sure your legs are comfortably spread apart.. just far apart enough so that you can get a good jump, but close enough so that your legs will be together when you kick. one important thing, i think, is to not lean forward when you jump off. leaning forward before you takeoff will basically make you travel, and when you travel in a forward direction you lose height. so try to not lean, and that way more of your momentum will go up instead of forward, which is good. watch alot of the doubleleg videos (and you can see it in the pictures on the left), and you'll see that the really good doubleleggers like kim dont have their chest leaning forward when they jump, its almost straight up. if you find yourself travelling too far forward, try to jump off sooner once you plant your feet - that might help. also, look in the pictures and ull see that kims chest isnt totally down like hes bent over, and its not straight up like hes standing.. its sorta in between, like its tilted. thats a good way to think of it. dont jump off with your chest parallel to the ground, or else you'll get no height, but dont jump with your back straight up either, since that way you won't be able to twist right..

 

kim_do_-_doubleleg_2.mpg
kim_do_-_doubleleg_2.mpg

now, look at the pictures in the first step and look at the ones in this step.. you'll see that kims torso twists _upwards_. it went from facing the ground to facing the ceiling.. swing your arms so that you do this with your chest.. this is exactly the reason you usually dont doubleleg the direction you 540. when you 540 your chest turns from side to side, and when you doubleleg your chest will turn from.. say ground to ceiling. its kind of a bad explanation but try it out a feel times and hopefully you'll get it. try to jump as high as you possibly can, and jerk your chest in the way just described. wait until your chest has turned all the way, and then whip your legs over. the reason that you wait for your chest to turn all the way is because it will make your legs naturally follow. the harder your whip your torso, the faster your legs will whip.




kim_do_-_doubleleg_2.mpg

while you're whipping your legs over, try to keep them straight and together. to keep them straight, it helps to tighten and/or flex your leg muscles from the start and keep them that way. if you force yourself to keep your leg muscle tightened like that, your legs will pretty much stay straight the entire time. to keep your legs together, try to do it from the start. get your legs together as soon as you get into the air. if your legs start together and then spread apart during the kick, then its just a matter of forcing yourself not to spread them. for example it might help if you imagine your ankles are taped together..


 

kim_do_-_doubleleg_2.mpg
kim_do_-_doubleleg_2.mpg

at some point during the kick you should torque over, so that you land facing backwards, instead of sideways. this isnt really necessary but a lot of people do it and it looks better, in my opinion. an easy way to do this torque is to do it with your HIPS and not with your legs. if you focus on turning your hips so that they're facing backwards when you land, it should work out pretty well. you can play around with this and try turning over your hips at different times.. really early, really late, whatever. it changes the way the whole move looks.. for instance, it'll look much more like a flip if you torque your hips really early.

 

kim_do_-_doubleleg_2.mpg
kim_do_-_doubleleg_2.mpg

when you land make sure you bend your knees like shocks, such as not to hurt your knees. i have a problem doing this so i think ill be crippled when i grow up.. heh heh. you'll know you're getting high on this move if you feel a split second or two of hangtime, when you see the ground and are about to land. kim lands really high and you can tell from the picture, since his body isnt bent up at all.. hes almost totally standing. this is a good sign.. try to practice this move so that your body is as open as possible when it lands, instead of crunched up..