I recently started studying Muay Thai in a group setting, and after a few weeks of 1x a week training sessions, developed achilles tendonitis. I thought it was due to all the standing on tip toes part of the art, but I did an experiment and is is definitely only after hitting a heavy bag (probably too much with my foot), that the condition gets worse.) I can throw a few dozen round kicks in shadow without any significant aggravation.
It's slowly improving as I'm not kicking things and stopped taking the class (great instructor, but at 51 I think I've aged out of group training even though I do loads of conditioning, cycle through different regular workouts, get my sleep, etc).
What is the best way to learn to hit the bag on round kicks so that I'm not slamming my foot into it. Any pointers, tutorials, videos, etc, welcome. I've browsed the net and youtube, but my searches have come up empty.
I'm not looking to compete or even spar. I'd just like the pleasure of thunking my shins into things. At my age, it may not be sustainable to do even that, but in order to find out, I have to keep my foot from thunking into things.
btw Sylvie is the Earnest Hemmingway of this martial art. great writing!