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A Great Karate Front Kick in 5 Easy Steps
When looking at the area of karate for beginners, front kick (mae geri), is the first karate
kick a person entering the world of karate will study and there are many variations of the
karate front kick.
In this pdf, we are going to cover the version that is practiced in shotokan karate.
When learning new karate moves, it is recommended that they are practiced in easily
managed sections, so I have sectioned the tutorial below, so as any one of the sections can
be practiced independently of the others.
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
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.
When you first learn karate it is important to spend time on the basic techniques, you should
also take karate classes at a good dojo (training hall), with a fully qualified karate sensei
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