is without a doubt the first leg technique you need to learn. In appearance very simple - Putting a kick in front must be equivalent to hitting a ball, you tell me! 🙂 Error ! Mae Geri is very complex and requires a lot of training for a perfect mastery and to be effective.
Mae Geri is a kick that can be:
- Penetrating: Mae Geri Kekomi
- whipped: Mae Geri Keage
Mae Geri can be given with various parts of the foot following the areas where one hits :
- the bottom of the foot: Koshi: "the tooth of the tiger"
- the heel: Kakato
- the top of the foot: Haisoku
It is a very powerful kick that can serve as an attack, but also as a defense stunt.
Detailed and biomechanical analysis of Mae Geri:
We will leave a natural position, Hachiji Dachi. We will start with Mae Geri Kekomibecause it is easier to break down. To do Mae Geri, everyone will tell you that the most important is to lift the knee, and that's true. But be careful, unlike what is often taught to beginners, this is not the first thing we do. In fact, as for most techniques, the energy goes from the belly (Hara). We will simultaneously contract the abdominals, the glutes of the support leg and relax the lower back in order to tilt the pelvis backwards (retroversion) and thus "raise" the hips (I put quotation marks to "climb" because it will not be necessary to mount the body, it is just a pivot of the pelvis!). This "rise" of hip will result in a rise of the knee that one will accentuate to the maximum. Then always with the force of the belly, we will advance strongly the hip by a lively rotation of the basin, transmitting energy to the thigh and then to the leg that will just stretch until the impact or we will contract all the muscle chains between the support foot and the striking foot. It is very important to properly contract the leg and especially the quadriceps (muscles in front of the thigh) at the moment of impact to lock well and therefore protect the knee who will have to transmit the energy of your Mae Geri.
In order to Mae Geri Kekomi, you will have noticed, the foot at first a trajectory from bottom up then straight forward in a rectilinear way. The strong advance of the hip will allow us to have a penetrating kick very powerful.
In order to Mae Geri Keageit's a little different. All done almost at the same time: the retroversion of the pelvis, the rise of the knee, the advance of the hip, and the extension of the leg are almost simultaneously. As a result, the foot will describe a straight (actually slightly curved) trajectory from the ground to the target. He will do the shortest way (diagonally) to come whip (and no longer penetrate) the target.
Then it's very important, in both types of Mae Geri, the foot must return as soon as possible by reversing backwards, bringing the hips back to their starting position. This phase is often neglected by beginners who fall on the front leg because they are carried away by their leg just hit. Take the time to work this return of the foot and the hip because it is what will allow you to keep the balance and to control your body and it is what will condition the continuation of the fight. Your opponent is not a bag, he defends himself. Do not let your leg outstretched and do not get carried away by your technique, it's you who's in charge, not your leg.
Do not let your arms go backwards during your Mae Geri. You must keep your arms relaxed in front, in order to maintain your guard and to be able to chained with the arms for a defense or an attack.
I have prepared you a video of almost 20 minutes with a lot of explanations andpractical exercises which will allow you to better control the movement of the hips and strengthen your support leg for a better balance.
Time to put your Kimono, I find you right away in the video.
Good training !
(Do not forget to warm up before, thanks to the advice I give you in the ABCs of warming up , my book to download for free ;-))
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