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Basic Stance

 

Stand with feet approximately shoulder width apart.

 

Body weight should be evenly distributed between both feet.

 

Both knees should be slightly bent.

 

The left hand should be held protecting the left side of face and ribs.

 

The right hand should be held protecting the right side of face and ribs.

 

Head and chin must be kept down with eyes fixed on opponent looking through eyebrows at opponent.

 

A variation on Basic Stance is Left or Right Fighting Stance.

 

In Left Fighting Stance place the left foot slightly in front of the right foot and turn the right foot through 90 degrees so that the toes are pointing to the right.

 

Punching

 

Footwork movement should consist of short sharp sliding steps on the balls of the feet.

 

When moving forward - push off rear foot.

 

When moving backward - push off front foot.

 

When moving to your left - the left foot moves off first.

 

When moving to your right - the right foot moves off first.

 

When moving always maintain your basic stance.

 

Always keep your guard up protecting yourself at all times.

 

The Left Jab

 

The punch is aimed to your opponent’s face in a straight line.

 

Pivot your shoulder and hips.

 

Slide your feet forward as you extend your left arm to strike your opponent.

 

Bring the hand back along the same path as the delivery in a straight line.

The right hand must be held high to protect yourself.

 

The Straight Right

 

Drive the right hand fully extended at your opponent in a straight line.

 

Pivot your shoulder and hip, shift most of your body weight onto your front foot.

 

Keep your left hand up to protect yourself.

 

Bring your hand back along the same path as the delivery.

 

The Roundhouse Kick

 

This kick is normally employed when attacking.

 

The kick is delivered straight from the hip, with full body weight behind it.

 

The kick whips straight through the target, in an upward or downward movement.

 

Raise the knee first, pivot the foot on the floor to the back.

 

Make sure you pivot on the ball of your foot and release the kick with pointed toes.

Body must be turned sideways on impact with the target, keeping your guard up.

 

The shin makes contact with your opponent.

 

The Push Kick

 

This kick is normally employed to defend.

 

Resume basic stance.

 

Aim raised knee towards target, making sure toes are pulled back.

 

Push the leg straight out with your bodyweight behind it, hitting the target with the sole of your foot.

 

Your toes must be pulled back, otherwise an impact with a solid object will lead to injury (broken toes).

 

 

 

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