Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I love Front Kick.
When it comes to kick techniques, they don't get much more basic than front kick. Aside from being the first kick we teach, it's probably the least complicated kick from a mechanical standpoint. Most new students can imitate a front kick pretty quickly, compared to a diagonal kick or something more exotic.
Yet, such a simple kick can present itself in many different ways. Just off the top of my head, I can produce this list of different types of front kicks: instep snap kick, ball of foot front kick, push kick, bottom of the heel front kick, toe kick, lead leg, rear leg, stepping front kick, jump front kick, scissor jump front kick.
With all of these varieties, it should be easy to keep your students from getting bored with front kick. Once you've introduced your students to the 400 garden varieties of front kick, you can really explore their options. It's not enough to just know that there are a million different front kicks, but each kick is a facet which must be studied, practiced and mastered. Each of those 48.7 kicks has a different attitude, direction, application, and more. How do they change when you pair them up? Pair a lead leg snap kick with a push kick and a jump front kick, and watch the students play with the distance and timing of this versatile kick.
Speaking of versatility, all ages of students can excel at front kick. Some of your older students may relish having a fast, strong kick that they can aim right into the shin or thigh of some of the younger, more limber students.
Instructors beware that the high kick of a 6 year old is roughly your groin level.
It's a valuable skill to be able to take a relatively simple technique, and use it to create physical and mental challenges for students of all ranks. Front kick is a great tool for this, but with some work and enthusiasm, you can use almost any technique to suit your purposes.