July 16 , 2017
weeks technique is submitted by Sensei
Rob Neff - Yon-Dan
Mae-geri (Front Snap Kick)
Onegai shimasu Hanshi, Kyoshi, Sensei & fellow Deshi,
During a recent class the instructor quoted Hanshis often repeated reminder to brush the buttock with the heel while performing mae-geri, a front snap kick. This correction finally sunk in after hearing it for years. The instructor explained that we dont want to focus on bringing the knee to the chest. This is often said, but misleading. While performing any geri (kick), hiza-ate (knee-smash), or gedan shotei-uke (universal block) we should be thinking "heel back towards the buttock." This should be done as the knee comes up prior to the kick and as it returns to the "chamber." You will notice the trajectory of the knee changes with this subtle correction. Instead of the knee pointing upwards it will drive up and out towards the target, making a smaller striking surface of the knee. Leaving the foot away from the body only gives your opponent the opportunity to grab it and push you over.
Remember all the other points that apply to this technique:
kick comes back faster than it goes out. If it goes out
at 50 miles per hour it comes back at 100 miles per hour.
Try to double the speed in which it comes back as though
your hip and leg were a whip.
See attached photos for the correct vs. incorrect way to chamber a kick.
arigato gozaimasu, Hanshi,