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How to Do a Front Kick in Karate

Learn how to do a front kick karate move from karate instructor Richard Amos in this Howcast video.


The first kick we learn in is the front kick, or. It's a snapping kick, and there's an important distinction between snap and thrust. When you thrust something, like the punch, the upper limb is behind the technique. When you snap something, like a front kick, the pivotal joint, the knee, or the elbow in the case of another strike, is pointing to the target. The snapping technique is lighter and quicker. With kicks this is important, because the leg is so strong anyway. You don't need extra power. But also that speed that you're going to get. The speed to recover, if you're blocked. Or recover to see into another technique. Is an essential thing.

So like all basic techniques, you have contrast. Support leg is going to be the contrast, the heavy contrast to the lightness of the kicking leg. So making that leg heavy, and working on that is going to be part of your basic training. The other thing you want to do is remember you're not really kicking with your kicking leg. You're hitting with that foot, but you're going to kick with your whole body. So getting the weapon close to the core of your body, and the core of your body the one point, the, couple of inches below the navel, the in Japanese, is really where everything flows from. So almost literally getting the weapon, in this case the ball of the foot, really, really close to that center will give you a nice reference point. And it'll also prime the kicking leg for a full, free, supple motion.

What you don't want to do is swing up. Your leg's going to be heavy, it's not going to be penetrative, and if you get blocked or you miss, you're going to be in trouble. So squeezing up, first by practicing here, and then by using that initial motion to send the leg out is how you want to develop this kick. Keeping it light. Snapping it back even early. To ensure that the kicking leg is nice and light. Whether you go forward, it's a bit heavier because the body weight's behind it. Or whether you just practice on the spot, which is really forging the light heavy contrast of your kicks.

So this is. The front kick, of.

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