Dale Adamson, Shihan
Valley Karate Dojo
( Kicking Techniques)
Onagaishimasu Hanshi, Kyoshi and deshi;
I want to review some points on kicking techniques. Details can
be found in the "Red book" and in Master Nagamines
book " the Essence of Okinawin Karate-do"
In summary kicking techniques are only powerful when used skillfully
with proper balance, speed, stability and snapping the leg back
to position. This needs to be practice regularly, since any disturbance
such as a block or grabbing of the kicking limb could expose you
to attack, certainly your balance would be affected.
Master Nagamine recommends that kicks be aimed at the lower part
of the body, the sides of the trunk and the midline targets such
as the solar plexus. Kicking to the face increases the risk of losing
the balance and it is easy to miss the target as it is comparatively
smaller than the rest of the body.
Master Nagamine recommends that in order to avoid being tripped,
the kicking techniques should be used only when the opponent is
close enough- one must develop his ma-ai- or when caught by the
arm or hand .
We have been trained to use the following kicks, though in Master
Nagamines book the names differ.
or front kick with toes, to kick the abdomen, used in kata Fukyugata
II, Pinan 1 and 4, Ananku.
2. Mawashi-geri or round house kick, this incorporates the instep
of the foot, striking the groin, sides of truck such as the area
of the kidneys.
3. Yoko- geri or side kick, this utilizes the foot-edge, striking
the lateral or outside of the lower legs just below the knees, abdomen
4. The last kick is found in one the black belt katas. It
is called Nidan- geri, flying kick, seen in Kata Chinto. Per Master
Nagamine, this should be used " to get out of a desperate situation".
I would defer further discussion of this powerful kicking technique
to your sensei.
regular practice is the only way these techniques can be effective.