This 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.
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