The push kick some people refer to as the front kick can be an offensive move or it can be a defensive move.
You direct it either at the thighs or at the midsection, or if you are flexible enough, you can direct it at the head.
We take our first stance with our hands up. If I'm going to start with my left front kick, I want to close the distance by bringing the right foot into the left and picking the left leg up, making sure the knee comes over, waist height.
Once I pick the knee up over waist height, I'm going to snap the leg out. As the leg goes out, I want my left hand to come down, and then come right back up to the head.
When I direct the kick at the pad, I want to hit with the ball of my foot. I'm not going to come up and kick with the toes.
I want to pick the knee up nice and high, extend it out, and then come back, making sure the arm comes down in a chopping motion to the left side.
I can bring the right foot into the left to close the distance a bit. Pick the left leg up, extend it out, back, and then bring the right foot back down to return back to my original stance.
You want to bring the right leg from behind you. Again, you want the same motion with the arm. Bring the right foot up, extend it out, back, and then right back down.
One more time, making sure the knee comes up nice and high and the right hand comes down. I want to come up, out, back, and then down.
One drill I like to do, sometimes, in order to get people into the motion of having their arms come down and the knee come up, is by going to a wall.
Nice and easy, you're going through the same motions. You pick the left leg up, push, kick, come back down, right, left, right, left, right, left.
We'll do that for maybe three minutes. Once you've got the feel of it then you can proceed into punch combinations, and then doing it on the pad.
That's a little drill to help you understand the push kick a little bit more.