Do Karate Kicks
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- 1 Techniques for Various Karate Kicks
- 2 Spinning Wheel vs. Spinning Hook Kicks
- 3 Questions and Answers
- 4 Comments
Techniques for Various Karate Kicks
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.
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. 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:
- 1Stand with your feet together, both knees slightly bent.Advertisement
- 2Raise your kicking foot above the knee level of the supporting leg.Advertisement
- 3Quickly bring up your kicking leg with the snapping action of your knee to execute the kick.
- 4Pull your kicking foot back to knee level as fast as you can.
- 5Slowly lower your leg to the floor.
Side Thrust Kick
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:
- 1Start from natural stance.
- 2(If you want to execute a high side kick, then you must raise your knee even higher).Bring your kicking foot up to the knee of your supporting leg.
- 3Push you kicking leg straight out to the side.
- 4Thrust your hip strongly into the kick for more power.
- 5If you lean away from the kick, both your kick and body balance will be weak. Keep your left fist tight at your side.Lean your upper body toward the direction of the kick.
- 6Quickly return your kicking foot to the knee level of the supporting leg, and gently lower it to the floor.
Side Snap Kick
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.
- 1From the natural stance, quickly raise your kicking foot up to the knee height of your supporting legs.
- 2Complete the kick to the side by using the snapping action of your knee.
- 3Pull back your kicking leg before it is fully extended.
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 sideways in a 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:
- 1Start from the natural stance or the right forward stance.
- 2At the same time, start to move your right arm to your rear.Bring up your bent right leg sideways.
- 3Pivot halfway round on the ball of your left foot while rotating your entire body forward.
- 4Your upper body should be in a half-facing position to the target.Add the snapping action of your knee just before your foot hits the target.
- 5If your body rotates too far, your balance will be weakened and it will be difficult to counterattack if your roundhouse kick fails.
- 6After the kick is completed, draw your foot back to the starting position.
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:
- 1Starting natural stance, cock your kicking foot by bringing it up to the knee level of your supporting leg, which you keep slightly bent.
- 2Lock your shoulder, on the kicking leg side, at your target.
- 3Thrust your kicking leg in a straight line at your target.
- 4Draw your kicking foot back to knee level before lowering it to the floor.
Stamping Heel Kick
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:
- 1Stand in natural stance to start and raise your kicking foot to knee level.
- 2Look down on your kicking side at the target.
- 3Drive your heel down strongly toward the floor.
- 4Practice stopping your heel barely an inch from the floor to develop speed and control.
- 5Withdraw your kicking foot quickly to knee level and return it to the starting position.
Spinning Wheel Kick
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 or 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 or perform it, simply do the following:
- 1The wheel kick can be performed from the front or off the side of your opponent.
- 2Be sure to place your body weight directly on the ball of your left foot.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.
- 3At 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.Whip your right leg up sideways as you pivot and rotate your chest backwards.
- 4Swing your right hand around, as in the back fist strike, to protect your exposed back during the kick.Continue your spinning movement, and focus on your target with the back of your heel.Advertisement
Kick a Spinning Wheel
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 on 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 used 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 puts your opponent 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.
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 either to. 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.
Questions and Answers
What part of the foot do I strike with in karate? The ball or outside edge of my foot?
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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