Kicking with the toes

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  1. drop bear

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    I generally try to dig it under the ribs. So it goes up more than anything.


    It is an unconventional kick.
     
  2. dvcochran

    dvcochran Senior Master

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    It is much to do with the shoe you are wearing.

    In martial arts and self defense training:
    Front kick - The standard tennis shoe is a little more effective than a hardened bare foot using the ball or heel of the foot. A working boot/shoe is greatly more effective with the ball/toe, mildly more effective on the heel. A hard heeled shoe/boot is more effective with the ball/toe and greatly more effective with (obviously) the heel.
    Roundhouse kick - Using the ball of the foot, tennis shoes offer a 'tearing' factor over a bare foot. Using the top of the foot, which we teach Only for sparring, a covered foot is going to hurt the kicker less and should be more effective considering the laces, eyes & hooks that many shoes have.

    Side kicks were not mentioned in the OP but I think definitely fall under SA when wearing shoes and needing to kick. Extremely effective and practical kicks.

    This seems like well versed material that is usually covered in most programs, especially those that use kicks as heavy offensive tools.
     
  3. skribs

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    If you can kick with the ball of the foot, you can kick with the toe. It's actually easier than the ball of the foot.

    What does "SA" mean in this context?

    No shoes on the mat, so the subject of shoes doesn't come up much.
     
  4. dvcochran

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    Put your tennis shoes on, go outside and kick a tree using just the tip toe as hard as you can. I think this will explain it.

    SA is as much to do with awareness of what is 'on' you and it is what is around you.
     
  5. Danny T

    Danny T Senior Master

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    In Savate it is call the 'fouetté'.
     
  6. skribs

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    Oh, you mean Situational Awareness? You were using an acronym and I was trying to figure out what the acronym was.

    I'll do that next time I'm near a tree. I'm in the suburbs right now.123
     

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