Push Kick

General notes:

A kind of cross between the axe kick and the front kick, but applied very differently. As its name suggests, this kick is designed to make distance between you and your opponent by 'pushing' them rather than actually making a forceful impact. A very good technique to use if an opponent likes to come in close, since it can give distance between you as well as being a good starter for an effective combination.

1) Stand in the ready stance.
2) While shifting the weight of the body on to the front leg, begin to lift the kicking leg. The upper part of the body should remain upright at all times, and the arms should be kept as close to the face as possible to protect the head and torso. The supporting foot should face towards the target area at all times during the kick, and should never move.
3) Continue raising the leg using the quadriceps, passing the supporting leg, keeping the lower half of the leg at right angles to the top half of the leg.
4) Unlike the front kick, and more like the axe kick, continue raising the leg so that the top half the kicking leg is right up to the chest and the lower half is pointing towards the opponent. This is the chamber position of the kick.
5) The leg must be then pushed out with the sole of the foot travelling towards the opponent. This is the point of contact. Contact is made with the sole of the foot made in a 'pushing' motion. Remember to kick through the target by making sure that contact is made before the leg is completely straightened, (I find maximum power is reached just after midway between the chamber position and point where leg is fully locked). Also remember to make sure that the muscles in the leg are tensed before the leg is completely straightened to avoid any injury to the knee caused by jarring.
6) Return the kick through exactly the same route.
7) Return the kick through exactly the same route remembering to keep the guard up to protect your face.
8) Back to the ready stance.


Push kick
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