karate kicksThis week we are working on side kicks. There are 4 basic side kicks you will be learning. A side kick is one of the most important basics in karate. A person with an excellent side kick can dominate the competition in both kata and sparring. As a matter of fact, one of Grand Master Dennis Tosten’s instructors Joe Lewis ( voted by all the major martial arts magazines as the greatest karate fighter of all time) used just 2 techniques 90% of the time – The back knuckle and the side kick.

A strong side kick can stop the biggest opponent in their tracks and a perfect side kick puts you in the winners circle at any kata event. Here are some things that you can do to improve your side kicks!

1. Stretch : The best stretch for a great side kick is a side split. Once you are in the split position try to touch your head to your front knee and then to your back knee. Hold these positions by grabbing the bottom of your foot.

2. Chamber : Great side kicks start and finish with a great chamber. On every kick focus on pulling your knee in a s tightly as possible. At home practice holding your leg in a high chamber position for as long as you can.

3. Extension : At home put one hand on the wall, and practice holding your side kick out fully extended for as long as you can. The goal is to have it point up to the ceiling.

karate kickA black belt it a white belt that never quit.

Announcements:

Get ready for AmeriKick Black Belt Extravaganza.

AKL Tournament Results are at AmeriKick.com

Learn to be an AmeriKick instructor contact Chris Millares at 86638KARATE for details.

AMERIKICK COLLEGE: Don’t miss your chance to learn from ALL the top instructors at AmeriKick. Sat. Aug. 25th! Call now 1-856-797-0300

AMERIKICK DAY AT LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD: ALL AMERIKICK students will be performing LITTLE DRAGON LITTLE TIGER at Halftime on the field. Order your tickets now from your sensei. $15.00

Amerikick karate has been invited by the Temple University football team to perform at the halftime show on Saturday, September 8th 2012 at 12 p.m. Temple will be playing Maryland at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Amerikick karate kids will have a 3 minute demo at Halftime. All the kids will go on the field at halftime and create a demo that will be put on youtube for every one to watch. There will be several strong black belts as leaders and a more advanced demo by one of the teams in the center.

Join in the fun with a pre game group photo taken on the field. Amerikick will also be featured on the scoreboard of Lincoln Financial Field during the game.

Sharon and Dennis Tosten the owners of Amerikick said, “We are having all the demo teams perform. The rest of the students will finish the show with AMERIKICK Little dragon Little tiger.”

Don’t forget to try your free karate class today. Just fill out the form at the top right of this page and come to a class. Can’t wait to see you there!!

karate belts colorsSTRIPING AND TESTING for Karate belts, colors, and level training.

“Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination.”

Thomas Edison tried to make a light bulb over a thousand times, and it didn’t work. Someone asked him “How do you feel failing to accomplish your goal after all that work?” Edison said “I haven’t failed I have just found out 1000 ways NOT to make a light bulb. Of course he kept trying and eventually did discover the way to make a light bulb! How many people with out his Extraordinary Determination would have given up in a few dozen tries or a few hundred tries?”

KATA REVIEW

How to make a good kata great

1. Eye contact
2. Strong Kias
3. Tight hand on hip
4. Stances
5. Chamber Kicks
6. Head and Back straight
7. Fist Tight
8. Proper foot position
9. Focused Power
10. Strong start, Strong Finish

KATA LINE- Have students line up down the floor facing a partner. Have them perform their kata as strong as they can. Then have the last person in one line, run to the end and everyone moves down one. They do they same thing with everyone facing a new partner.

QUAD KATA – Set up the entire class in groups of 4. Have all the groups 4 students set up in a squares, facing each other. Have them perform their kata as strong as they can. Keep rotating a new person into each group.

BLIND FOLD KATA- Buy bandanas and use as blind folds. Have groups of students perform their kata blindfolded.

LINE KATA DRILL-Line up the students in a basic line. If you are doing Amerikick Olympics, put them in RED, WHITE AND BLUE teams.

ANGLE KATA- Have students start Kata facing a corner.

TECHNIQUES
Charade Techniques-Instead of calling out the technique, so who can react first when you Charade the name. Such as make a circle with you arm and touch your elbow for CIRCLING ELBOWS.

ADULT TECHNIQUE LINE – Line up adults with one facing the rest of the line. They perform the same technique on everyone in the line. Then go to the end and next person does the same.

KARATE BELT COLORS STRIPE TESTING
Generate more enthusiasm with POINTS. Use the POINT Cards the same as we do in tournaments, each time the class performs a tech, kata or basic. Have 3 Senseis hold a up a score for the class.

SUPER SPARRING DRILL
COUNTER REVERSE PUNCH- Have Partner 1 lead off with any attack. Partner two must block or avoid the attack and score with a counter reverse punch. Have partner 1 do 10 attacks then switch places.

karate classes fallingThis week in every class we will be helping you to learn how to land on the ground properly if you fall, are thrown, or forced to the ground. Learning how to land correctly can save you from broken bones a concussion or worse.

1. Slap: When practicing falls your arms can take most of the impact, by slapping the ground as you land. Be sure not to hit your elbows on the ground.

2. Exhale: Be sure to exhale forcefully as you hit the ground. This will stop you from having the “wind” knocked out of you – Shocking your lungs and making it difficult to breath for about a minute. To prevent this be sure to exhale.

3. Watch Your Head: As you practice drills in class, one of your main goals is to never let your head hit the ground. Keep you chin tucked and never allow your head to snap backwards.

Everyone should try a class this week
By Dennis Tosten

Learning how to land if you slip or fall is as important as wearing a seat belt knowing and hoping you won’t need it, but you should definitely have it on in case you do. Thousands of people are injured every year by simple slips and falls in the bathroom, on slippery pavements, or during everyday simple activities. If you try a class this week, you can learn a skill that is very likely to come in handy during your lifetime. So come in, take one class, it’s free and you will add another life skill to your bag of tricks! One hour of class is much better than 6 weeks in a cast.

June is Father’s Month start your karate classes now!

Want to own your own AMERIKICK School?

We have an amazing opportunity in New Jersey right now. Just 15 minutes across the Walt Whitman bridge. A competitor is retiring and the landlord wants us to take over the space. This is a very large all ready to go school at very low rent. Call Sharon Tosten at 215-343-2378 to find out more.

karate chalfontAmerikick Karate Chalfont has opened!

Location:

The bright and spacious Chalfont karate school is conveniently located at Limekiln Pike and County Line Rd right next to 7-11.

Instructors:

The head instructors Dennis and Sharon Tosten have been teaching character building karate programs to children and adults for decades in this area. The Chalfont karate program focuses on conditioning, concentration, coordination and self discipline.

The first classes started Monday October 1st and every student left with a new goal and a smile on their face.

Amerikick martial arts are the best value in an activity for yourself or your child. The Amerikick karate Chalfont team consists only of instructors with at least ten years of experience in the martial arts and numerous national competition wins. Amerikick has consistently been rated the #1 school in coaching competitive martial artists.

Classes

Be sure to check the amerikick.com website and youtube to see their top teams in action. Amerikick unlike other local schools relies on great classes, goal setting and a well planned curriculum to keep students interested rather than trying to lock you into a contract. There are no contracts at Amerikick karate Chalfont and a flexible schedule.

Cost

Prices are very reasonable and classes have a 4 to 1 student to instructor ratio. You can get started at Amerikick Karate Chalfont and Kickboxing for 2 months only $99 and also get a FREE uniform or FREE gloves.

History

Amerikick was started in 1967 by Dennis Tosten and now has 28 schools on the east coast and mid-west, as well as the top tournament in North America, the Amerikick Internationals. Be sure to train with the best. Call Amerikick Karate Chalfont now at 267-980-8518.

karatenasticsThis week in every class we will be helping you develop the gymnastics skills needed for extreme martial arts. Practicing proper fundamentals in gymnastics will allow you to proficiently perform extreme tricks and kicks.

1. Arm Strength: Many of the tricks rely on your ability to spring off your hands. The best way to prepare for this is to practice standing on your hands for as long as you can. Jackie Chan used to hold his hands stand on a chair for 3 Hours! As did everyone in the Chinese Opera school. If you can’t do a full hands stand yet. Practice against the wall, by walking your feet up the wall and stay there as long as you can.

2. Bridge: The next skill you can use to develop arm strength is the Bridge. Lay on your back, roll your arms back until your fingers point back at your shoulders. Then arch your back up as you walk your feet in. Hold this as long as you can.

AMERIKICK SUMMER FUN: Sign up for an Amerikick Camp and jump up a belt level

Amerikick University: Learn to teach, run a school and become a leader at Amerikick University Sat. Aug. 24th at Amerikick Marlton call 1-856-797-0300 for details.

AKL TOURNAMENTS -THIS SUNDAY JUNE 3rD BE THERE!

BLACK BELT SHOW: JUMPING, KICKING, BOARD BREAKING, Excitement! Sunday June 10th Collingswood NJ theater 2:30. Just 5 minutes from Ben Franklin Bridge. Call for tickets 1-856-797-0300