Danny Smith wrote:Hi Dana Sensei.
I like this thread too. Is the "sokusen" the same kick that
we in ShotoKan call "mae-geri"? or front kick?
If it is, it depends on the target that presents itself.
For soft targets I keep my toes pointy, although my Sensei
hates that . For hard bony targets I pull my toes back and strike with the ball of the foot.
With shoes on anything is fair game .
I do spend a lot of time in flip flops or moccasins though.
The mocs offer some protection but little support to the kicking foot adn as far as flip flops go, I have practiced getting out of them and can jump or slip out of them in a heart beat.
Takes a long long time to be able to kick this way effectively especially under stress.
Dana Sheets wrote: because I'm never going to have the muscle power in my kicks/strikes that some do.
The Bronze Dago wrote:Which is why I completely quit trying to develop the technique. Truth be told, the effort of getting this kick to work properly along with the "shyness" factor of actually putting power in my front kick (fear of breaking the "tootsies") made this technique worth abandoning. Consider this: Aside from walking around the house in your underwear or going to the beach, how often are you actually barefoot? About .5% of the time. Best to learn to kick as hard as you can without the concern of breaking your toes! Kick with the ball of your foot! Since I quit trying to kick with my toes, my front kick has doubled in power and I am confident that I can knock the wind out of someone with it.
Evan Pantazi wrote:Targeting, is essential, but also the hard part under the stress of conflict.
david wrote:Rather than thinking about (and perhaps being overly reliant) on any one specific technique, people should practice techniques as part of a continuous attack in which the distance between the defender and the attacker closes and the techniques employed changes accordingly, e.g. you go from a low kick(s) to punches, to knees and elbows and, maybe, even to grappling.
Dana Sheets wrote:appealing because I'm never going to have the muscle power in my kicks/strikes that some do. So if I can find a way to make my strikes more penetrating (by having more PSI by limiting the striking surface) then I can hit harder without actually using more muscle.
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