Friday 8 October 2010

Distance & Body Power

Kicking at close range is an important skill just like punching from long range. This is because regardless of the maai (distance) in all cases `body power' must be maximised, not merely the striking limb.
A very important tip for all karateka is to study how to best transfer bodyweight into a target via tai no shinshuku (contraction & expansion of the body), koshi no kaiten (hip rotation) and snap. Practice this by short and long range tehniques at various distances, and without compromising the full use of one's full body power.

© André Bertel. New Zealand, 2010.

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