Tsumasaki-geri

#Technique #Tsumasaki-geri

Tsumasaki front kick
Tsumasaki front kick

Tsumasaki-geri is a kick with the tip of the toes. Some would argue that this is the right way to kick (the old way of Okinawan kicking), compared to our ordinary Mae-geri, where we generally kick with Koshi.

Tsumasaki
Tsumasaki
Koshi
Koshi

Personally, I do not think there is a new or old way of kicking. Nowadays, Mae-geri, where kicking with Koshi, is the preferred way to kick. Most of all, to protect our toes so they do not break. We are simply not trained to  kick with the tip of the toes.

Tsumasaki-fist
Tsumasaki-fist

Of course, both methods are fully usable, and if you prefer to kick with the toe tips, it might be a good idea to make a small fist with your toes. In that way, you will achieve better stability, and the possibility of broken toes is lesser.

Take a look at the picture from Greek Pankration, which was introduced about 648 BC in the 33rd Olympiad. The use of Koshi.

Pankration front kick
Pankration front kick

Good kicking to all

Tsuki – The way I do it

#Technique #Tsuki

Gert TsukiOnce I was asked, why I do my Punch the way I do. Most often, my Tsuki (Punch) resembles a combination between a vertical and a horizontal punch.

The answer is quite simple, it feels natural.

 

The best way to explain it is to compare my Tsuki with push-ups!

Yes, you read right, push-ups.

Try taking push-ups on the knuckles. Most people will perform them as shown in the picture below.

Pushups on knuckles
Pushups on knuckles

That said, it feels natural.

The use of Hikite

#Technique #Hikite

To achieve full power of a punch, it is essential that both arm cooperate, that is usual what you will hear in the Dojo. One arm (fist) is thrown out, while the other arm is pulled in to the side of the body (Hikite). Both arms perform the same movement, understood in the sense that, if the right arm comes out in a straight line, then the left must be retracted in a straight line. If the movement is circular to the right then it is also circular to the left.

But !!!! You will often hear that Hikite is for generating a powerful punch only. However, this is not quite right. Hikite is much more than just a hand pulled back to the side of the body for generating a powerful punch.

Funakoshi Gyaku-zuki
Funakoshi Gyaku-zuki

If somebody attacks you, it will be normal to take up your arms to protect yourself; it is a question of reflex.
I think that Hikite function already starts here. Hikite first task is to block (reflex). If possible, you will grab the opponents arm (or something else) and pull back, that is the use of Hikite. The opposite arm (fist) is offensive and attacks.

Hikite is not just for block and grab. It also acts as a control arm where you try to control the opponent’s arm and movements.