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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2001 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a problem, it is what these forums are for!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2001 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had another thought. When we kick in kata we do snap kicks. When we kick something be it a sparring partner, board or bag, we do thrust kicks.

I wander if a thrust kick is by nature slower than a snap kick?


:???:How to improve the speed of the thrust kick?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2001 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To make anything faster it has to be light and aerodynamic. To make the kick light, relax every unnecessary part of the body. To make it aerodynamic, make it like an arrow, not a rock.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2001 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

:dead:Okay, new sparring problem. I have this blind spot high and on the left. Consequently I have walked face first into many handpads. It's really bad if my opponent is taller than I am.

:weirdlook:So I try and compensate for it by holding my left hand higher. Problem is I wind up in a sparring posture frowned on by my sensei. I don't think he understands I really don't see punches coming from that angle. He thinks I just don't block well. I do not have the same problem on the other side.

I have developed a very good pressing type of block with my high left hand. We did this one thing one night where we were only allowed to use one hand and one foot on the same side. So using just the left side I am facing someone who can take me apart under normal situations. So I do one of my press blocks putting her hand out of the picture. Then it is an easy matter to reach out and tap her on the shoulder with a roundhouse kick. She didn't have a helmet on.

It can get to be an odd situation. Any other suggestions on how to deal with the problem? I really can't see things coming in high from my left.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2001 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It may just be your belt level. If you are a low belt level, you are supposed to do what your sensei says. As you get higher up, you can start to change things to your way.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2001 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to have this problem too ....but apart from snapping youre kick back - which when youre really tired might not be fast enough...there is another way.. When the opponent grabs youre leg.

It'z pretty hard to explain in words..but i will give it a shot.

When the opponent grabs youre leg...unless he is Arnold he'z going to have a hard time to keep hold if you put all youre strength and weight to push youre leg towards the floor (similar to the TKD axe kick). So as soon as he grabs it - push youre leg towards the floor with all ur strength...and because youre leg is proportionally heavier and stronger then one's arm...once the downward force is added -youre leg comes down to the floor or youre opponent goes down with youre leg, especially if they are too reluctant to let go. I've used that method alot to unsuspecting people who grab my leg!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2001 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is odd but, I really didn't hit upon the idea of raising my left hand in my stance until after I was a brown belt. So I don't think any objection would be over rank. I found it rather satisfying to quit walking into hand pads face first.

But then, anyone who ever fell victim to a press block into a tekki shodan style backfist didn't appreciate it.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2001 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I got higher in my belt status, I began to see things differently and make my own changes to cut time and stuff. You should always have a Sensei that lets you do this. Some Karateka are going to teach later on, then they have to make their own choices.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2001 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I have now, since I am a higher grade realised that the same techniques in kumite, like the mawashi geri, are dangerous(point sacrificing) if not done with efficient speed and accuracy.Thats why I practise that kick the most.

Try to mawashi geri on something hard or rough surfaced, This will automatically make your leg snap back because your body is rejecting the pain that it oculd be expieriencing, while conditioning your body!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2001 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have learned to only do that kick when I either know they cannot defend against it or I am off their line of attack. Then it is easy pickings.

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