Do Karate Kicks

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Front Snap Kick

This speedy kick is delivered from the forward stance with your rear foot. Your front foot can be used to kick from the back stance, but the kick is somewhat weaker since it does not have the forward thrust of your body behind it.

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The snapping action of your knee and the forward thrust of your body should be combined in one smooth motion. Only the ball of your foot should be used as the striking surface. Keep the toes of your kicking foot curled upwards to avoid injury to the. Almost any part of your opponent's body, such as head, chest and stomach can be attacked with the front kick. After the kick, your foot must be pulled back quickly to keep your opponent from grabbing it. To practice the basic front snap kick simply do the following:

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    Stand with your feet together, both knees slightly bent.
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    Raise your kicking foot above the knee level of the supporting leg
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    Quickly bring up your kicking leg with the snapping action of your knee to execute the kick.
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    Pull your kicking foot back to knee level as fast as you can.
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    Slowly lower your leg to the floor.
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Side Thrust Kick

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Either the edge of your foot or your heel may be used as the striking surface with the side thrust kick. The striking power of the kick comes from the thrust of the hip into the kick. The side thrust kick gives you a longer reach and greater power than is possible with other kicks. It is very good against hard targets like the knees, ribs and chin. To practice this kick simply do the following:

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    Start from natural stance.
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    Bring your kicking foot up to the knee of your supporting leg.(If you want to execute a high side kick, then you must raise your knee even higher).
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    Push you kicking leg straight out to the side.
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    Thrust your hip strongly in to the kick for more power.
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    Lean your upper body towards the direction of the kick.
    If you lean away from the kick, both your kick and body balance will be weak. Keep your left fist tight at your side.
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    Quickly return your kicking foot to the knee level of the supporting leg, and gently lower it to the floor.
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Side Snap Kick

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The snapping action of the knee of your kicking foot is used in the side snap kick for its striking power. Soft places such as the opponent's groin, throat and face are the targets of the outer edge of the kicking foot. Your Kicking leg is never extended all the way, as in the thrust kick. Pull back your kicking leg a split second before your knee swings out straight, to avoid injury to your knee joint. To practice this kick simply do the following.

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    From the natural stance, quickly raise your kicking foot up to the knee height of your supporting legs.
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    Complete the kick to the side by using the snapping action of your knee.
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    Pull back your kicking leg before it is fully extended.
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Roundhouse Kick

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Both the rotating movement of your body and the snapping knee action of your kicking foot are used in the roundhouse kick. Like the roundhouse punch., the kick travels in a sideways half-circle movement. The ball of your foot is the striking surface for such target as your opponent's face, neck stomach and ribs. To practice the kick you can use either foot:

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    Start from the natural stance or the right forward stance.
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    Bring up your bent right leg sideways.
    At the same time, start to move your right arm to your rear.
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    Pivot halfway round on the ball of your left foot while rotating your entire body forward.
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    Add the snapping action of your knee just before your foot hits the target.
    Your upper body should be in a half-facing position to the target.
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    If your body is rotated too far, your balance will be weakened, and it will be difficult to counterattack if your roundhouse kick fails.
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    After the kick is completed, draw you foot back to the starting position.
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Back Kick

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The back kick is the most useful against an opponent who is attacking you from behind. Thrust the heel of your foot straight back at a slight upward angle. Your opponent's stomach, chest and groin are your main target. To practice this kick do the following:

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    Starting natural stance, cock your kicking foot by bringing it up to the knee level of your supporting leg, which you keep slightly bent.
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    Look your shoulder, on the kicking leg side, at your target.
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    Thrust your kicking leg in a straight line at your target.
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    Draw your kicking foot back to knee level before lowering it to the floor.
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Stamping Heel Kick

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This simply a defensive move against the grabbing attacks from the rear. It is very effective and not difficult to learn. Thrust the heel of your kicking foot down hard on your attacker's shin or instep. To practice the kick do the following:

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    Stand in natural stance to start and raise your kicking foot to knee level.
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    Look down on your kicking side at the target.
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    Drive your heel down strongly to the floor.
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    Practice stopping your heel barely an in off the floor to develop speed and control.
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    Withdraw your kicking foot quickly to knee level and return it to the starting position.
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Spinning Wheel Kick

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Sometimes called the hook kick, the spinning wheel kick is like a roundhouse kick but done in reverse. It uses turning movement of your rotating body, and the backward snapping knee action of your kicking leg for its striking power. The back of your heel serves as the striking of hooking surface. It is very important to remember that your entire body must pivot on the ball of your supporting foot to cut down strain on your supporting leg. To practice of perform it simply:

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    The wheel kick can be performed from the front or off the side of your opponent.
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    If you are facing your opponent with your left leg forward, move your left foot directly across, about 12 inches past the toes of your right leg.
    Be sure to place your body weight directly on the ball of your left foot.
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    Whip your right leg up sideways as you pivot and rotate your chest backwards.
    At the same time, turn your head in the same direction. Your entire body must spin quickly, in a tight circle, as you spin on the ball of your left foot.
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    Continue your spinning movement and focus on your target with the back of your heel.
    Swing your right hand around, as in the back fist strike, to protect your exposed back during the kick.
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Kick a spinning wheel

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A spinning wheel kick is a variation kick that allows you to spin and kick at the same time. Using your right leg, you spin to the right 360 degrees, and then hit your opponent's head with your foot. The contact is executed with the blade of your foot or the outer part of your foot. You have to turn your back at your opponent to bring the kick around. It isn't a good surprise attack technique because anyone will see the kick coming. Your opponent will usually just step back to avoid your spinning wheel kick. The spinning wheel kick can be made as a defense attack if your opponent is getting back at you with straight punches. You do the spinning wheel kick just as your opponent comes in and you attack the back of the head. You can execute a low or high double roundhouse kick first and then throw the spinning wheel kick as you put your foot on the ground. This allows your opponent to be set off guard because they might just think that the roundhouse kick is all that you're going to do. You could also kick your opponent in the mid-section and then in the head to make him think that those kicks are all you wanted to do. You have to get your opponent on his back foot first. Then, jab him using your leg. Follow that up with front and turning kicks, then execute your spinning wheel kick. Never use the spinning wheel kick as a first kick in your attack because it's too slow and the opponent immediately sees it coming. You have to do conventional kicks first before finally ending the attack with the spinning wheel kick.

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Spinning Wheel vs. Spinning Hook Kicks

Both the spinning wheel and the spinning hook kicks are very useful in a battle. All you have to do is find the best situation to apply it in. The spinning wheel kick requires an outstretched leg. The spinning hook kick is a lot faster and tighter. Once you hook your leg at the right time, you will be able to generate a powerful snap. The spinning wheel kick is perceived as a powerful kick with a wide span. You have to possess a big body mass to provide the necessary power for the kick. The spinning hook kick is similar to a whip and the spinning hook kick is described as swinging a heavy sledgehammer.

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Questions and Answers

What part of the foot do I strike with in karate? The ball or outside edge of my foot?

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Depending on the type of kick to be delivered, the balls of the feet or the outside edges of the feet will be used to strike opponents. The balls of the feet, the heels and the instep are all useful and considered as striking weapons used for kicking. In order to achieve the maximum effect of a karate kick, flexibility, stable stance and good balance are just some of the important factors that contribute to a good strike.

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