Front Snap Kick (Mae Geri Keage)
1. Starting from the feet together stance (Heisoku-dachi), lift the knee high, keeping the ankle bent (90 degrees) and the toes curled back, so the ball of the foot is pointing directly forward.
2. Extend the kick to the target, keeping the supporting foot flat and toes facing forward. As the kicking leg travels forward, push into the floor with the supporting leg, then using that push, drive the hips forward (keeping them square), try not to over extend with the hips.
3. Ensure the kick drives into the target and not up in front of the target. This basic front kick wants to travel straight, like a bullet and not in an upward arching movement.
4. As the foot reaches the target, the ankle goes from a 90 degree bend to straight. The foot points forward with the toes curled back, making sure the ball of the foot hits the target.
5. At full extension the kicking leg should snap back vigorously while keeping the knee high; this technique, if done correctly, should release a shock effect into the target.
6. Make sure the kick travels in a straight line into the target, not arching up at the end of the kick.
If you are learning karate online, take these karate moves one step at a time, start slowly, research and study karate resources, before building up to full speed.
Mae geri is generally the first karate kick that is practiced. As always I recommend finding a good karate dojo that has a good sensei (teacher). Combining karate dojo practice with karate at home will guarantee a fast progression through the ranks 🙂
Here is a video showing Mae Geri from Heisokudachi (feet together stance)
Combining karate dojo practice with home practice will ensure a fast progression to the coveted black belt!
Great care should be taken when practicing karate moves, if practiced incorrectly they may cause injury, so please find a qualified karate instructor and sign up for their karate classes.
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