- Aug 3, 2015
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That's true but outside of the sports arena people have always worn some sort of foot protection.Most combat sports are fought without shoes.
That's true but outside of the sports arena people have always worn some sort of foot protection.
Footwear is one of the greatest components of both ancient and modern military. Even poor people who couldn't afford shoes would be able to craft at a minimum a sandal.
I think a lot of theories will fall short if you only look at martial arts from a sports perspective. Especially when it comes to "Why things are done a certain way." Kicking with the ball of the foot is simply a safer kick and it can withstand more force and weight than the other option of kicking with toes.
Think of it this way. When you jump you land on the ball of your foot. That same bend in the toes as you land is often the same bend in the toes when people kick with the ball of their feet. You can land on your toes if you like but I don't recommend it.
I personally think training with shoes on is more realistic than training with shoes off. All the street fights I've had I had shoes on. All the conflicts and heated arguments I've been in were with shoes on. Some people wear shoes almost as long as they wear underwear. Some people wear shoes to work and then come home and slip on a different pair of shoes. At the time of this message I've been wearing boots since 6:30 am. it's now 7:45 pm.
. We NEVER break with the instep; we always break with the ball of the foot on roundhouse kicks. I have always assumed it was due to the ball of the foot being stronger and a more resilient striking surface than the instep.
I realize that you have a preconceived notion about what the ball of the foot can be used for and an agenda, but with respect, you are wrong.
I have trained and taught for fifty years and we have always used shoes. I think the ball of the foot is in the past, where people used to walk barefooted. The front tip of the shoe is a great argument stopper. I've used the upward instep to strike the groin.
In my competition days I could kick you in the head with a front kick from the clinch.There are pros and cons to everything and it doesn't change with shoes. The cons to ball of the foot round kick is that it's less flexible to modifications. You better do it thorough and accurate or leave it be. Imagine what happens if you get spacially suffocated when trying to throw a front kick.. not very effective now is it? That's what happens with the roundhouse ball of the foot mechanically. With the instep, you can just turn your hip over at any time and hit a spot. It doesn't need to be circular, pointed in a precise way, etc and that's the advantage it has over the ball of the foot. The disadvantage of the instep alternative is that the instep is more fragile than the ball of the foot as a tool, especially on hard surfaces.
In my competition days I could kick you in the head with a front kick from the clinch.
Being “spatially suffocated” was never a problem and I loved working the clinch.
I have never heard that phrase but have to say it can make a lot of sense in some cases.
I think you like to argue. Have a nice day.I am wrong about what? I never said that it can't be used for it, I said that it's suboptimal if you get forced into an angle throwing a vertical front kick-ish kick, with a technique that was supposed to be a round kick. How often that happens depends on your footwork and adjustments, but it can't be ruled out.
Wrong! You clash and throw multiple strikes, going where the action takes you. Separation occurs only after a scoring strike, out of bounds, get tied up, etc. There can be many strikes thrown and considerable time before action is halted.Point Karate is a stop format, meaning you clash for just one strike and are then separated.
Often wrong. Because the foot is pointed towards the opponent during a roundhouse, the ball of the foot or toes can get in holes in the (close) guard more easily and accurately whereas the instep will get blocked. The more I read you, the more it looks like you don't know what you're talking about.instep works just as well, you can kick the body easier
It's flexible enough. It doesn't need to do everything. A screw driver isn't flexible, but the job that it was made for, it does it really well.The cons to ball of the foot round kick is that it's less flexible to modifications.
There are many ways to do a front kick. Use it when you are supposed to use it and it will always be effective. This statement is like me saying "What happens if you try to to catch a ball with your fists.. not very effective now is it?Imagine what happens if you get spacially suffocated when trying to throw a front kick.. not very effective now is it?
You can still stuff this up, by using the kick at the wrong time.With the instep, you can just turn your hip over at any time and hit a spot. It doesn't need to be circular, pointed in a precise way, etc and that's the advantage it has over the ball of the foot. The disadvantage of the instep alternative is that the instep is more fragile than the ball of the foot as a tool, especially on hard surfaces.
I've never heard of this and I'm wondering if you may have the wrong idea. The body isn't flat either, especially for some of us older guys. lol.Ball of the foot roundhouse to the body is ideally thrown from an an angle since it ideally travels horizontally. This is a point my instructor made since day 1 when holding mitts, that you should always kick from an angle.
The head can however be kicked straight on because it's not a flat surface like a stomach or a mitts, it sticks out.
By using the ball of your foot to deliver a right roundhouse kick, it's easier if your opponent is at your northwest direction than at your north direction."striking from an angle"
I almost exclusively use the ball of the foot when sparring. Occasionally I use the shin for light leg kicks or the instep for kicks to the head but I personally prefer the ball of the foot when barefoot. It definitely has power for me, but you won't know what works for you until you try it 1000+ times against various opponents.Did you kick bare feet in sparring with be ball of the foot and how did it feel? Did you generate solid power?