Post by residentrenzo on Aug 31, 2015 10:39:54 GMT -5
Hold the back of one and gently lift your knee up and over another. Everything smooth.
Osu! You mean like, lifting knee up & sideways?
I kinda get confused if I don't see the exercise demonstrated. Perhaps I can post a video doing this so you could please check it out and correct what's wrong? In ant case, thanks a lot for the feedback Sense. I'll try and work on my hip mobility and core strength.
Thanks a lot for the video, Paul! I'm definitely trying the first couple exercises, easy and slowly!
Post by residentrenzo on Oct 22, 2015 1:05:06 GMT -5
Update - Still struggling with kicks. Again, I'm slow and can't reach above waist level which is useless as kick is easily blocked/countered. So I can't add kicks to my arsenal. Sick and tired of being told just stick to "in-fight" punches "hit and run style". Only thing going for me is power, again useless without proper form.
What's the point of learning karate if I can't even kick half decently?
(Perhaps I should've tried some grappling art instead?)
I'll admit a bit frustration to see how other people at dojo in less time are getting there while I'm still stuck. There's gotta be some set of simple exercises and/or routines to address this "hip issue". Is it more stretching?
Firstly, never underestimate the power of hiza geri and low kicks-your infighting arsenal now contains punching, low kicks and knees, which is much better than just punching.
If your kicks are easily blocked, the obvious criticism is that you are too slow/inflexible, etc. It could also be your positioning. Opponents can't block what they do not see coming. It could be that you're too predictable, in which case mix up your combinations and set-ups.
Is it more stretching? Good question. No, if you are already flexible. Are you? I've met just a handful of people who were too flexible, most could use a little more stretching. Every good kicker I've ever known was pretty damn flexible. I knew one guy who couldn't do, or didn't care to do the static stuff (splits and straddles) but his dynamic flexibility was up to snuff-excellent mawashi geri.
Maybe your reflexive strength is holding you back.
I got into Original Strength a few years ago and in the past year I have really implemented it in my training. One thing I noticed is that besides being much stronger my kicks and balance are all improved. I find I no longer have to over think/fight my own body to move.
Post by residentrenzo on Nov 12, 2015 18:06:12 GMT -5
Thanks a lot! I expect it to include body weight exercises?
BTW yesterday tried tameshiwari using chudan mawashi geri. Failed and couldn't break even after 3-4 tries. Got my feet bruised. Was told my form was incorrect. Tried again with hiza geri mawashi and mae geri kakato. Broke both wood pieces first try, no sweat.
I can't see what your support foot looks like, but it seems to me that your torso and leg are moving in the same plane, like a door swinging on its hinges. This kind of body mechanics will lead to slower kicks. If you pivot on your support foot first, so that your heel points to your target, you create sort of an elastic stretch in your hips, then your kicking leg follows. I guess another way to think about it is to concentrate on generating speed and power by disconnecting your kicking leg from your torso: pivot support foot, violently turn shoulders and hips, kicking leg swings to target. Your leg is more a whip than the end of a long and heavy lever.