Front Kick Drill | ART OF ONE DOJO


The front kick is one of the most common kicks
in karate and the martial arts. I mean sure, it has some variations depending
on the style, but there’s no question about the power you can put behind it when applied
properly. In this video, I want to talk about a way
to demonstrate a creative kicking drill I use with the children to teach them the proper
form of a front kick and it helps them understand the mechanics behind it and how to deliver
it properly. The following episode contains footage from
children’s classes. Now we do have several martial arts purists
who watch this channel and many people tend to scrutinize against children’s programs. I do ask anyone going forward who watches
this episode to keep an open mind as this is a more casual school and the children’s
program that focuses on confidence building, thinking skills and character development. We also live in South Florida, so the kids
are allowed to wear t-shirts on casual days or fun activities. They are however required to wear full uniform
during formal classes and testing. These kids work extremely hard and I just
wanted to share with you one of the drills we use to help them develop their skills and
build great character. I thank you all in advance for being civil
and respectful to these children. Okay, the front kick. Again, one of the most common kicks you’ll
find in the martial arts. It varies between different arts, but for
the most part it’s got some similar mechanics. The basic principle behind it is the power
principle of back up mass or you’re taking your whole body weight and you’re putting
behind the kick. So it’s not just the leg doing the kick, it’s
your whole body into that one little inch at the ball of your foot. Okay, so that’s one thing, that’s the first
thing we teach them is, it’s not just your kicking power. It’s not just your leg power. It’s your whole body’s power energy focused
into like an inch of the pad using the ball of the foot. The other thing we really stress with the
kids is chamber. Chamber is very important. Chambering of course is load up the kick,
throw the kick out, reload it and bring it back. This teaches them one, gives them some balance
to work on. Two, it helps them focus their kick and also
loads up for the power and additionally with chambering you can always convert to a different
kick if you have to. You know, something changes and they move
you can switch to different kick. Change directions or orbits. So then we work with them on that. Basically this is a drill using the Wave Master. These Wave Masters are awesome. Great kicking tools, great teaching tools. Kids love working on them. So, they can throw their whole body weight
into it, they’re not gonna hurt it, okay? But what I like to do with this drill is first
of all I’ll demonstrate the reaction of the kick on the pad so they can see it with their
own eyes and they can feel it if they’re doing it properly or not. So I also like these Wave Masters for this
particular drill versus hanging bags because of the dead weight. Hanging bags are great to work on. I love ’em, but they do react differently
than the stand alone bag. This will give a little bit of push back to
it whereas a hanging bag will swing and for the purpose of this drill, this is what I
need. There’s two common problems we see the kids
do or young students or new students when they’re first learning the front kick. The first problem is pushing, especially with
the kids. Now, when I say kids I’m not talking about
the four year olds, five year olds, the six year olds, the young ones. We don’t do these kind of power drills with
them because they’re just too young, but I’m talking about like the middle school age group,
10, 12. This really works for them. But the common problem I see, number one is
they don’t really apply the kick so much as they push. So they do the chamber, they’ll get the kick
out, but they find that when they get here they’re pushing the pad and coming back instead
of delivering the power into it. They push and then the energy just comes kind
of right back, so they’re not really delivering the full power of the kick. Now this is not a teep you see in like Muay
Thai. They do that little push kick, a teep. That’s not what this is. I’m talking about a full power front kick. So there’s that first problem, they’re pushing. The second problem is they chamber, but they
kind of redirect the energy wrong and I have them listen and I tell them if they hear this,
if they hear, I ask them what’s wrong and they said, “Oh, well you’re just scraping
the pad.” Right. So I’m not just swinging my leg upwards. If I do that, the energy’s not going into
the pad, it’s going up and kind of glancing off. It’s not gonna be effective that way. So now they have an auditory clue. If they hear this, they know they’re not applying
it correctly. So, how do we fix this? Well, basically I have them line up in front
of the Wave Master and the whole idea is if they deliver the kick properly. If they push into the pad or not push but
if they deliver the kick into the pad and it doesn’t skim upwards, the pad should actually
give a little bit of a hop, okay? If you push, it’s gonna come back on you. It’s actually gonna take a little hop towards
you. That means you’re not putting your energy
into the pad. If you put it fully into the pad it actually
gives a little bit of a jump and you’ll see as they keep doing it, eventually if they
keep kicking it, the pad should slowly work its way that way. It it’s coming towards them creeping on ’em,
well then the energy’s coming back. So, they chamber, they kick and it’ll hop
and it should give a little jump. Now to make this a little bit of a competition,
’cause kids love competition and to put a little bit of the pressure on them, what I’ll
do is I’ll get two Wave Masters and like I said, these Wave Masters are fantastic teaching
drills. If you own a school and don’t have these I
highly recommend at least getting a couple of them. If you’re interested, I have a description
in the description below that’ll link to them. So what I’ll do is I’ll line up two of them
and I’ll make two lines and the kids will line up and especially if you have these kind
of puzzle mats with different colors or square formation. I put the pad on the far edge right on the
line and the competition is each line has to kick the pad properly and as a team they
have to push it out of the square. So the first line to get the pad completely
out of the square wins and it can be whatever prize you want to give them. They get to choose a fun game to play. The whole idea is get them focused working
together as a team ’cause they’re gonna try to get that out of the square and the only
way to do that is if they apply it properly. Now, they learn real quick if they’re doing
it wrong because if they do that push, it slides back on them well then they’ve lost
some gain. The other team goes ahead. So, it’s kind of fun watching them do this
drill and see how they can apply the kicks, especially if you’ve got a bunch of big kids
and one smaller kid in the group. They tend to encourage the little one and
it also builds confidence for them ’cause they think they’re contributing and they might
now have the same power as the older kids, but they feel like they do. So, you’re giving them part of a goal to works
towards. So, line them up. The whole idea is they kick it, the pad gives
a little bit of a jump and they proceed that way. So that’s a creative drill that I like to
do the kids. It really gives them an understanding of the
delivery of the kick as well as gives them a sense of, a fun sense of competition and
once again if you’re interested in picking up a Wave Master, you can find them at the
link below in my description. They’re great for workout. Most schools will have them and they’re also
great for your home dojo, too. So what are some of the ways you like to practice
the front kick? Or tell me about your favorite Wave Master
and heavy bag workouts. Thanks for watching and please remember to
share and subscribe these videos. Thank you so much.

16 Replies to “Front Kick Drill | ART OF ONE DOJO

  1. While watching the video, I realized two things. First, those were some of the greatest times of my life. The first years of training at a dojo as a new student. Those were fun times. Second, we didn't have all the cool, sophisticated training aids like the wave master, or the "Bob's", padded clubs, or a variety of training equipment that are available nowadays. We used each other as the primary makiwara/punching/kicking bag to practice our strikes/blocks/conditioning. One of the methods we used that we did have (way back in the 70's when I started training), were the rubber inner tubes of bike tires. We would go to a local bike shop and collect the bike inner tubes that were thrown away. We would tie one end to a post, and punch, kick and throw into the stretch of the rubber. Great video Dan! Keep up the great work! 😊👍

  2. This is fantastic, my kids could all use some work on their kicks in general so starting with a basic front kick would be great, and thanks for the link, I will be picking up some of these wave masters for them. Like you said they are HIGHLY competitive, so this would keep them busy and burn some of their energy off. Thank you

  3. Hello Sensei Dan how are you? Glad to see you explain, as well as teach children how to perform, the front push kick. Most people like you and in our Kyokushin Karate style, teach to execute the kick in the exact manner that you have, step by step. Finishing by striking with the bowl of the foot. Additionally for us in basics we get taught the exact way as you have demonstrated.

    However sometimes when it comes to the bag work, or kicking pad, partnered sparring and so forth, we get also taught to do the front kick, by striking with the heel of the foot, as striking alternative. Excellent video as always, I hope that you and your students, are all having a wonderful week thus far, Osu! Greetings as always from Melbourne, Australia 🇦🇺.

  4. i enjoyed this, i've used these bags, and agree they are a great way to train. If i go back yo teaching again, i'll use this drill. Keep up the good work

  5. Very great and informative video. I’ll have to use this drill for my Kids Martial Arts classes sometimes. Thank you Dan. =]

  6. You can make vedio on different styles of Indian martial arts especially Malla yudha,Mustiyuddha,Kalaripayattu and Marmakala.please

  7. Another great video, I love how you introduced the disclaimer at the beginning. We need to protect the integrity of our young charges. Like MJ said “the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way”. Mr. Dan you are truly a gifted instructor and the focus on breaking it down, into basic elements shows your understating of the mechanics. Well done!

  8. Fantastic drill for beginning or advanced students trying to improve the front kick. For me, i like using the heavy bag to practice my front kick. I challenge myself to stop the bag after knocking it backwards. When I was younger I was always afraid to use this kick because I thought I would break my toes. Later I practiced it so much that i became really good at it. Thank you very much for sharing.

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