Dana Sheets wrote:(Tony - PM for you.)
You also really have to work on the flexibility of your ankle to be able to extend a kick with the toes pulled back.
You should try doing push-ups on the sokusen some time. It feels ridiculous at first, but you can get used to it pretty quickly (if you have a half-decent sokusen). Doing them at that angle (ankle flexed 90 degrees) conditions you for doing roundhouse sokusens. Because of that one exercise, I now do roundhouse sokusens a lot easier than I do front kick sokusens.
Dana Sheets wrote:Tony in your experience it sounds like you've been more successful with driving kicks than snapping kicks. Any idea why?
Dana wrote:I'm curious as to how many people tuck the toes back for a classical sokusen and how many keep the toes flat to kick?
Dana wrote:Many styles kick with straight toes. Uechi (as far as I know) is unique in that we pull the toes back to kick. Takes a long long time to be able to kick this way effectively especially under stress.
A group of foot reflexes allied to the palmar grasp were described by a number of authors from the 1930s onwards. Brain and Curran described the grasp reflex of the foot,9 Goldstein the tonic foot response,10 and Seyyfarth and Denny-Brown the grasp reflex of the toes.4 Although there are subtle variations in the responses described, all these authors conclude that stimulating the sole of the foot (particularly over the metatarsophalangeal joints using a distally moving object) leads to flexion and adduction movements of the toes, and that while the reflex is distinct from the Babinski response, the two reflexes may appear concurrently. As with the palmar grasp, this response is seen in infants, may reappear consequent to damage to the frontal lobe or its efferent connections, and may be particularly frequent with contralateral, medial frontal lobe damage.11
It has long been recognised that both these reflexes are present in newborn infants, disappear during normal development, and may reappear in disease states, suggesting that these responses are suppressed but not lost during maturation.
Bill Glasheen wrote:Like that most unusual Wing Chun vertical fist punch with the radial wrist deviation at the end, you have to train it and perfect it to appreciate it.
Boxer's fractures occur in the metacarpal bones that connect the ring finger or the little finger to the wrist. These are known as the fourth and fifth metacarpal bones.
Jim wrote:Want a pointy thing? Then try a smashing heel kick while wearing pumps..
While first degree assault typically involves the use of a firearm
or other deadly weapon, the absence of such a weapon does not preclude
the State from charging a defendant with first degree assault.
The evidence showed that all of the above occurred with such violent
force as to cause permanent brain damage. Clearly a rational trier of
fact could find that Pierre used force or means likely to produce great
bodily harm when he repeatedly kicked at the victim's head as though it
was a ball, and caused severe and permanent brain damage.
Bill Glasheen wrote:I could easily argue all day long against the WCQ-style punch, Jim. Ask any doctor what part of the hand is most readily fractured, and he'll be pointing to the bones that receive the greatest force from a WCQ punch.
It's all in the execution.
Bill Glasheen wrote:The problem you have, Jim, is in presuming how a shoken, hiraken, boshiken, or sokusen are used. If I use a wrench as a hammer, I'm likely to break the wrench. But if I try to take a nut off with a hammer or pair of plyers, I'm not likely to appreciate the results.
Bill Glasheen wrote:Don't think boxing. Stop thinking about sparring These are not boxing tools. They gouge, poke, and grab.
Bill Glasheen wrote:From your reference frame, Jim, you see Wing Chun. Keep thinking Wing Chun when you train your style.
But there are other ways...
No presumption here except what I consider a realistic assessment of how any striking tool is likely to be used in a SD situation by an American karateka
Jim wrote:Styles should and must change to adapt with a changing world. How has Uechi adapted, updated or changed since it was originally changed for purposes of Japanification?
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