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Karate Kick Training With X-Ray Paper

Fine Tuning Snapping Kicks: Hook Kicks and Round Kicks


By David Younglove

When doing snapping round kicks, remember wherever your knee points, that's where your striking surface is going to kick out to. If you point your knee behind your target and snap out it doesn't do anything. Make sure to pick your knee up and point it right at the target.
Remember the body position: seat tucking underneath, shoulders back, keeping your body nice and erect.
One of the things that is great about X-ray paper is that it gives you instant feedback. If it slowly, it makes almost no noise. A really quick snap will give you a lot of instant feedback. The louder it is, the quicker you are.

A hook kick starts like a side kick and finishes more like a round kick. This time you're going to hit with the heel or back of the foot. When you go through the target, your leg wants to be 100 percent straight to maintain the force of the kick. Finish with a quick snap for a final burst of energy.

Adding a spin to these kicks will add more power, more challenge, more difficulty. Picking you knee up high will help you get all the way around as you go through the target.
David Younglove
USA Karate & Platinum Yoga
Rosemount MN
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