Shotokan Karate Kicking Exercise

Kicking Combination 2

Here at SKO we use many shotokan kicking drills, our brown belt kicking combination 2 involves executing Four kicks on the spot. A really good exercise for balance and strengthening the supporting leg.

Within our Dojo, this shotokan kicking combination is first practiced at brown belt and is then used at every examination, up to black belt.

Shotokan Kicking Drills Combination 2

Starting from a left side fighting stance and kicking with the right leg.

1. Front kick (mae geri).
2. Side thrust kick (yoko geri kekomi).
3. Back kick (ushiro geri)
4. Round house kick (mawashi geri) with the right leg, then a short step forward with the right leg.

Throughout this kicking combination, try an keep kamae, try not to let your arms wave around as you kick. Keep the kicks flowing, rather than kicking in a robotic fashion. Push the hips into the kick, rather than just using the leg.

We understand how difficult this exercise is, start by kicking low, but keeping the knee high in between the kicks, apart from after the side thrust kick, where you actually drop the knee in preperation for the back kick.

Of all of our shotokan kicking drills, this is one of the hardest because of the balance required throughout the combination. Practicing this kicking combination will develop a really strong supporting leg, which is essential if you want strong kicks.

All these shotokan techniques should be practiced slowly first, then once you are confident in the technique, timing and rhythm of the combination, you can practice at full speed and power.

3rd kyu to 2nd kyu kihon, kata and kumite requirements

Kizami Zuki, Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki
Mae Geri, Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki
Yoko Geri Kekomi, Uraken, Gyaku Zuki
Mawashi Geri, Uraken, Gyaku Zuki
Ushiro Geri, Uraken, Gyaku Zuki
Kicking Combination 1
jiyu ippon kumite
Bassai Dai

Linden Huckle

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