Front kick (mae geri)
The front kick is the most used of all Karate kicks, because it can be performed very fast with little wind-up, and it is difficult block. There are slight variations in how to perform a front kick, from a quick snap kick to a very powerful thrusting front kick.
How to perform a Front Kick (Mae Geri)
The kick begins by bringing your knee up and forward. The heel and then toes must spring forward from the ground in one motion, snapping the leg forward towards your target. Bend the leg you are standing on while kicking to give you better balance. Your foot should be pointed forward with your toes pulled tightly back. The striking surface is the ball of the foot. Thrust your hips forward with the kick to add power and speed.
Return your leg to the ground quickly to stop your opponent from grabbing your leg.
The video clip shows Sensei Terry Lyon (5th Dan) performing Front Kick (Mae Geri).
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Front kick (mae geri): points to remember
- Keep your guard up while kicking. Do not throw your arms backward as you kick.
- Tilt your head slightly down, with your chin tucked in.
- Try to keep your back straight and do not lean forward or backward while kicking.
- Your most powerful front kick will always be when your leg is below your hip line. As soon as you raise your kick over the hip line you begin to lose power.
- Practice your front kick low before you attempt to aim higher.
- It is also possible kick with the toes pointed forward, although this is not recommended for a beginner.