No other style of martial arts has developed kicking or foot techniques with such a high degree of sophistication that have been found in karate. Kosho-Ryu kicking techniques are a major strength of the system.
It employees many different types, Ranging from front kicks, sidekicks, knee strikes, roundhouse kicks (Japanese and Chinese style), side-kick, front and side thrust kicks, crescent kicks, scoop kicks, back kick, jumps kicks and double kicks on the front and rear leg and many others.
I start beginners with the front kick. We start with a fighting stance making sure their weight is on balls/toes with the feet shoulder width a part. Yes, we are sacrificing stability but we are gaining speed with this stance. The student will shift their weight to the front leg so that the rear leg’s follows the line and path.
You want to strike the target with the ball of your foot. The reason for this is, I will use this analogy, what hurts more getting hit with a 2X4 or a ballpeen hammer? Yeah they both hurt but the ballpeen hammer hurt more due to the smaller surface effected. If this kick is executed correctly it will deliver blunt force trump to your opponent’s vital points such as groin, chest, stomach or shins.
Begin in your fighting stance; rotate your body 90 degrees so that your right-side is pointed at the target. Bring your knee up and kick upwards towards your target/opponent’s chin striking with your heel.
These are some basics of kicking steps of Kosho-Ryu.
It is important for any kid learning karate to begin with how to make a proper fist. Before the instructor teaches anything else he or she should teach and review the fundamental with the student to help prevent injuries.
I will outline the steps for understanding thoroughly how this is done. The clenching of the fist can be represented as a three step process.
In the first step the middle joints of the fingers are folded in the second, the hand is folded at the basal joint of the fingers and in the third the thumb is placed so that its inner edge tightly grips the first two fingers.
I tell my students and kids who are learning karate here in San Diego, to make thumbs up sign then place their thumb across the index and middle fingers.
When making a fist it is important fist is flat and parallel and when striking your target you make contact with the first two knuckles (index and middle) because these are the fingers align with the radius in your arm which provide your paunch rigidity to stop your opponent. Contact should be made simultaneously on with your two knuckles.
At first it may be difficult to initially achieve the proper flat fist however, with a little practice it will become second nature.
The most common use is in a fist thrust attack or counter. However, depending on the situation one might have to strike with the back of the hand (call a back fist), a very affective technique used to attached to face or other soft targets.
I enjoy helping all students’ gain a better understand the fundamentals of lifestyle I have enjoyed for the past 22 years. Please contact me if you have any questions, I would enjoy chatting with you.