What’s the Strongest kick in karate?

Well, for me, it most certainly isn’t, ushiro mawashi geri (reverse roundhouse kick), off the front leg.

That’s one of the great aspects about karate and martial arts in general, there’s something for everyone. Every karateka will differ, what works for one, doesn’t necessarily work for another.

The strongest kick for one karateka may be Hiza geri (Knee kick/strike), for another, it may be Mawashi geri (Round kick) or ushiro geri (Back thrust kick).

Your strongest kick, may not be your favourite kick, but you’ll know when you’ve found it.

Once you have it, work it!

Drill your powerful kick until it does become your favourite kick. Where as before, it may have seemed awkward and a bit of a struggle. Now, the more you practice this kick on the kick bag, focus pads, during kihon (basics), kumite (sparring), target practice, etc, etc, the more your kick will become natural and a joy to execute.

linden-front-kick-copyUltimately, with this type of extremely hard, repetitious training, your kick will know when to strike (I feel another article taking shape).

‘When there is an opportunity… l do not hit…it hits all by itself’ – Bruce Lee

My instructor, many years ago, said to me, ‘ Linden, would you rather fight someone who practiced a 1000 different techniques every day, once each, or would you prefer to fight someone who practiced 1000 repetitions of the same technique every day?’


The first fighter would practice, in a week, 7000 techniques, they would be, 7 mae geri (front kick), 7 mawashi geri (round kick), 7 Hiza geri (Knee kick/strike), 7 gyaku tsuki (reverse punch), etc, etc.

The second fighter would practice, in a week, 7000 techniques, they would be, 7000 mawashi geri (round kick), or whatever their chosen technique happened to be.

7 thousand techniques verses 7 thousand techniques = Hikiwake (draw)?

So, the first fighter would be fit and have an extremely large arsenal of techniques, 1000 to be exact, Maybe this fighter would have more chance at adapting to any given kumite (sparring) scenario, but I doubt very much that his techniques would carry power and focus, considering each technique is only practiced 7 times in a week, but, of course, I may be wrong. This is just my opinion.

The second fighter would have an extremely small arsenal of techniques, 1 to be exact. This fighter would probably have a very poor defence, he or she, probably wouldn’t have the ability to adapt quickly to the ever changing scenario of a fight.
But if this fighter connected, there would probably be serious damage to the opponent. In my opinion, this fighter is a lot more dangerous, not just because of the amount of repetitions, it’s everything that goes with that amount of reps, the mental strength and focus that is needed to train this way. This type of training develops an unstoppable, extremely determined attitude.

If the fight was for real and I had a choice, forget the second fighter, I’ll go fight the first fighter every time.

For training, I would want to spar with both.

If you had a choice, which one would you fight in a real situation?

Yours in karate
Linden Huckle

PS Please remember, these are not the rules of combat, these are my opinions only and the training example I gave, was just that, an example.

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