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Karateka: Do not let your energy run away (Nige)


Karateka, do not let your energy flee (Nige)Karateka, do not let your energy flee (Nige)

Today, I would like to mention something that I had already mentioned in an earlier article.

The concept of "Neige" corresponds, in fact, to a leakage of a body part compared to the technique.

I would like us to talk about it in more detail because a debate is launched on the internet on this subject. I would like to give you some details.

I give you examples to better understand using Gedan Barai, Oï Zuki and Mae Geri in the video at the end of this article.

If you have not read my previous article, here it is: "Rotate on the heels, to avoid" Snowy ".
"Negative" does not mean: rotation on the heels but: leaking backwards. From the moment you have a part of the body that goes to the opposite of the technique, we have what is called "Nigé". This means that in your technique you have less strength because you only have the rotation of your hips.

Born in Kata

In the Kata, if you turn on your heels as the elders say, your body weight will advance. All parts of your body go in the direction of the technique. You do not have receding parts. This is interesting because you add the translation of your center of gravity to your rotation and you have more power.
I remind you that Katas are forms of learning, which are used to learn and feel the energy.

Do not put aside this way on the pretext that it would never be used in combat.
Some Karateka tell me that during fights, you never turn on your heels. This is to be verified, because it is not easy to see.

One can also explain the fact that some turn either on the tips or on the heels, according to their Bunkai. But, it does not prevent that at the beginning, in the Kata, you had to turn on the heels and not on the point. Otherwise, there is the "Nigated". After everyone does as he pleases. I do not deny that I, three or four years ago, was shooting on the tips, because I did what most people did. It is by meeting Sensei Jhonny Gence, who explained to me this notion of "Nigé". Since then, I have been used to turning on my heels in my Katas. And suddenly, I find that I have much more power and efficiency in my techniques.

Take the test

That's my opinion on the question and obviously it's up to you to choose but do it after having tested this way of doing things. Try, experience, train, and after you choose what you want, but do it to feel that movement. You will see that after, even in the classic techniques, you will have a lot more tendency to come crush and hit the ground with your heel. And that's what you have to do because it's very important in karate.

Watch the video below, with some examples using Gedan Barai and Mae Geri, you will understand even better.

I hope you enjoyed this article and that the concept of "Nige" is clearer to you.

Tell me what you think in the comments.

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    • Bruno Bandelier at

      Hello Philippe,

      I do not know if the federation has an official opinion on this. They should be asked.


  1. Hello Bruno,
    This is a very interesting video, it is actually a way of working that we find in taichichuan.
    The work is done more internally (inside the pelvis, via the kuas, psoas but not only, with a feeling of the muscles inside the legs and those of the spine) that externally or it will be the peripheral muscles that will work.
    you must also feel that the connection of the back and limbs is not the same.
    Similarly, it allows more commitment and gain a little time to get into uke's attack.

  2. Nige: I must add it to my lexicon and my book.

    That said, Funakoshi uses a common lexicon for shinite French karatekas.
    The most curious in the books of the latter is what is called the "funakoshi punch" ... the grasping of the extended index makes the fist and the wrist more supportive.

  3. disagree. Indeed the rotation on the heels will create a muscle tension detrimental to the fluidity of movement. Besides, we do not turn on the foot, we work with the hips and the foot follows, adapts. Moreover, it is forget the elastic power of the whole foot calf.

  4. Hi Bruno,
    I left you a comment in CHRIS's "Introduce yourself"
    to the 15ème from the last user,
    if you want to go take a look

  5. It is well "niger" (as in warrior for example) and as you pronounce it Bruno most of the time in this very interesting article of the verb "nigeru" (to flee)!

  6. Hello Bruno,

    A big thank you for your presentation of "Nigé". It was the first time
    I heard about it. I like it a lot because it seems like
    a fundamental notion in karate where the power by a good anchoring
    ground is basic.


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