I just read this: The Golden Kick – How To Improve Your Thai Kick I've seen some of Sylvie's vlogs before and I find them quite good. (Keep in mind I'm a beginner though, so don't trust my judgement.) Anyway, here she is talking about the more Western style round kick vs the "Golden" style kick--where you don't swing your leg out wide, but just bring it up alongside the target and then turn in at the end, instead of turning the hip at the start of the movement. I'm curious what others think of this article; have you been taught the wider swinging kick? I was taught the wider swinging kick, I believe. I'll play around with the golden kick on my bag sometime. EDIT: I see these two styles of kick are also discussed in a stickied thread on the Thai style roundhouse kick... sorry should have searched first.