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Seiken Choku Zuki – Horizontal Punch in Traditional Karate

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Seiken choku zuki is a technique we can find in many martial art styles. It is one of the first techniques a while belt learns. Let’s analyze the proper execution, the targets and recommendations to master Seiken Choku Zuki.

Seiken Choku Zuki is learned along with Kiba Dachi, the students practice each punch from this stance, but it can also be practiced from Zenkutso Dachi moving forward. You will find this technique in many Katas as one of the essential pieces of them.

What is Hikite?

Hikite is also known as the pulling hand, it can be seen when opposite hand is taken and placed by the ribs. It refers to the action of throwing the hand of the adversary at the time of hitting with the fist, this creates 2 simultaneous forces while producing more damage at the moment of impact. Then, in a counterattack movement we block, take the wrist, pull the wrist and hit with the opposite hand.

In my karate classes they taught me something different, the hand on the waist or ribs is because you are doing an elbow strike to an attacker behind you, simultaneously punching to the front and counter attacking with an elbow strike to an attacker behind you.

The force produced in the horizontal punch depends on the muscles of the arm, chest and shoulders; very different from the vertical punch or also known as Tate Suki where the force is produced by the body.

How to do Seiken Choku Zuki or Horizontal Punch in Karate

The Targets of Seiken Choku Zuki

A sensei recommended all your punches should be placed in the center of your body when training. The horizontal punch can be applied to many targets, but it is much better to apply them to those that are effective, preferably devotees and vital organs. These can be the nose, mouth and jaw in the head. The neck can also be considered, but it can be lethal. In the body it can go to the chest, stomach, ribs, kidneys and genitals. If you are on the ground and defend yourself from someone who is attacking you, then you can punch the groin, the face, it all depends on your position.

This punch can be aimed at three different zones:

  • Jodan Zuki – Upper Punch applied to the face, nose, jaw and temple.
  • Chudan Zuki – Middle Punch applied to the chest, stomach, ribs and kidneys.
  • Gedan Zuki – Lower Punch can be applied to the groin, to the lower part of the body.

Seiken Choku Zuki or Horizontal Punch in Karate 2

The Fist rotation

Fist rotation is very important for effective movement. Rotation should be done moments before hitting the target, but many have a tendency to do it before; which reduces effectiveness and strength. If do not rotate your punch then you might end up doing a Tate Suki.

A good way to fix the rotation would be done if you start by putting both fist together in front of you, then rotate them both at the same time in Hijite and bring them back next to your ribs. Start slowly then increase the speed as you do it, imagine you are grabbing or pulling a rope, this will give you the guidance to your movement.

How to do the Seiken Choku Zuki or Horizontal Punch in Karate Step by Step

  1. Place your left fist over your right fist on your right side.
  2. Bring your left fist to your left side as your right arm moves out.
  3. Extend your right fist to execute the punch.
  4. Pull back your right arm as pulling a rope and then execute a left punch.

Recommendations

  • Keep your back straight every time you punch.
  • Aim the center of your body.
  • You should keep a strong stance when executing any punch.
  • Do not move your upper body when punching, your arms only should move.

Other Recommended Karate Punches

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Kyokushin the strong Karate

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Kyokushin the strong Karate

The strong Karate

Kyokushin is considered the strongest karate, founded by the Korean Japanese Masutatsu Oyama, Kyokushin means “the ultimate truth”.
I would like to describe one of the many Kyokushin training sessions I have participated. It’s about time and all students line up from white, yellow, orange, blue, brown and black belt. We all salute our sensei, we immediately start warming up with all kinds of strong and tough exercises, no time to rest at all, not until the end of the class. We stretch our hips, legs, arms and lower back. Then we proceed to train with a partner with a session of middle blocks, punches…Seiken, Uraken, Shotei, Shuto…Shudan Soto Uke, Ude Uke, Gedan Barai…
After 10 minutes of nonstop work with punches and blocks we changed to work on our Stances just to rest, we worked on Zentutsu dachi, Neko ashi dachi, Sanchin dachi, Kokutso dachi and kiba dachi. Our legs were sore…
…our sensei tells us “pain is temporary, you’ll rest tonight when you sleep”, he told us “Kumite stance”, we did 10 repetitions of Mae geri, hiz geri, yoko geri, ushiro geri, mawashi geri, ushiro mawashi geri and mae tobi geri.

Our class ended in a Seisa zazen dachi we all meditated for two minutes, then we lined up and thanked Sensei for the class. Right after the class we all cleaned the dojo.

See Kyokuhin Karate training with your own eyes on this video, 1 hour of 100% pure training.

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Taekwondo Forms

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The Korean term for Taekwondo forms is Poomsae. Poomsae is sometimes romanized as pumsae or poomse – poomsae is the term used by Kukkiwon, WTF, and ATA styles of taekwondo in the world.

There are 8 forms in the Taegeuk series.

8 Poomsae Taegeuk

  1. Taegeuk Il Jang
  2. Taegeuk I Jang
  3. Taegeuk Sam Jang
  4. Taegeuk Sa Jang
  5. Taegeuk Oh Jang
  6. Taegeuk Yuk Jang
  7. Taegeuk Chil Jang
  8. Taegeuk Pal Jang

Advanced forms – Poomsae

  • Koryo
  • Kumgang
  • Taebaek
  • Pyongwom
  • Sipchin
  • Chitae
  • Chungkwon
  • Jansu
  • Ilyo

Evaluating a form in Taekwondo

There are several aspects evaluated by the judges, here are some questions that can help you improve your forms and are exactly what judges are looking form in a form.

Stance

  • Are the feet the correct distance apart for that stance?
  • Are the toes pointed in the correct direction or not?
  • Are the correct parts of the feet (heels, balls, toes, etc.) for that stance touching the ground?
  • Are the knees bent the correct amount or not?
  • Is the performer’s weight distributed correctly among the two legs?
  • And most importantly: did the performer finish the form at the same spot as where he started (within a few inches), thus demonstrating consistent length to his stances

Blocking, Punches, and Strikes

  • Were the arms chambered correctly prior to the movement?
  • Did the arms travel along the correct path, and finish in the correct position?
  • Were the hands shaped properly before, during, and after the movement
  • Were the wrists held correctly?

Kicks

  • Did the kicking leg travel along the correct path, strike in the correct position, and then recover along the correct path?
  • Did the supporting leg have the correct amount of bend and twist before, during, and after the movement?
  • Did the kicking foot use the correct striking surface (top, toes, ball, heel, etc.)?
  • Did the supporting foot support the performer’s weight using the correct parts of the foot (usually the flat or the ball of the foot)?
  • Note that according to some published technical guidelines for some styles, no guidance is provided for arm position during the kick

Kihap or kiai

  • Are the kihaps or kiaik performed in the right places, and are they strong?

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How to do the Front Splits

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Front Splits

The Front Splits

Front Splits are easier to achieve than side splits because we are constantly using the same muscles to walk and move around all day.

These are the techniques that I currently find the most effective for working towards the splits. You know that having good flexibility will help you improve your kicking techniques, these two stretching techniques will help you improve your kicking techniques if you train martial arts:

  • Front kick
  • Back kick
  • Inverted roundhouse kick
  • Jumping front kick
  • Crescent kicks

If you do not train any martial art then you will receive great benefits as well, you will improve your circulation, your lower back, stretch your muscles and tendons.

Front Splits Step by Step

This is a Stretching session by Krystel Dallas, a fitness expert from Ontario, Canada. Follow her class with a variety of stretching exercises to develop better flexibility.

You should stretch from your lower back and down, hips and both legs equally to get better results.

Recommendations

  • Do not stretch without warming up, you need at least 10 minutes to warm up
  • You need to stretch your entire body for better results, not just your legs
  • Appropriate Yoga Mat, environment to exercise is a must for stretching
  • Do not force your joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments

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Kata Niju Shi Ho Shotokan

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Kata Niju Shi Ho

Kata Niju Shi Ho

This is Kata Niju Shi Ho in Shotokan. Originally, this kata was called Niseshi or Ni Sei Shi. The schools Shorin-ryu and Shito-ryu maintained this designation. In Wado-ryu as well as in Shotokan it is now called Niju shi ho. The name “24 steps” refers to the number of steps in this kata.

This Kata has 33 movements and it should take about 40 to 50 seconds max to complete its execution.

The movements in this kata resemble waves breaking on a cliff. There are two kiais in this Kata. This Kata is a requirement to advance from Ni Dan (2nd Dan) to San Dan (3rd Dan)

Stances found in this Kata:

  • Kokutsu Dachi
  • Sanchin Dachi
  • Kiba Dachi
  • Zenkutsu Dachi
  • Heisoku Dachi

Techniques you will find in Kata Niju Shi Ho

  • Osae Uke
  • Awase Tzuki
  • Age Uke
  • Empi Uchi
  • Shuto Kake Uke
  • Yoko Geri Kekomi
  • Haito Uchi
  • Gedan Barai

Recommendations

  • Keep your height the same everywhere you move on the mat
  • Keep your back straight and do not lean forward

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Kata Meikyo

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Kata Meikyo

Kata Meikyo

The Kata Meikyo is not a very popular tournament Kata because it has many basic techniques. But it is important to work on correcting them to reach perfection. Meikyo is not a Kata to impress anyone but to work on oneself.

This Kata has 33 counts and one Kiai, most Katas have two Kiais.

  • Kata Meikyo Step by Step
  • Start in Musubi Dachi
  • Name your Kata “Meikyo”
  • Yoi in position Hachiji Dachi
  • Ryo Goshi Kamae
  • Joshin Kamae
  • Hidari Gedan Barai
  • Migi Chudan Oi Zuki
  • Migi Gedan Barai
  • Hidari Chudan Oi Zuki
  • Morote Jo Uke
  • Jo Zukami
  • Ryo Goshi Kamae
  • Hidari Chudan Uchi Ude Uke
  • Migi Chudan Oi Zuki
  • Michi Chudan Uchi Ude Uke
  • Hidari Chudan Oi Zuki
  • Morote Jo Uke
  • Jo Zukami
  • Ryo Goshi Kamae
  • Hidari Jodan Age Uke
  • Migi Chudan Oi Zuki
  • Migi Jodan Age Uke
  • Hidari Chudan Oi Zuki
  • Hidari Chudan Tettsui Uchi
  • Mikazuki Geri
  • Kiai
  • Ryowan Gedan Kakiwake Uke
  • Morote Haiwan Uke
  • Morote Hiwan Uke
  • Jodan Juji Uke / Ryowan Gedan Kakiwake Uke
  • Ryowan Uchi Ude Uke
  • Morote Kizami Ura Zuki
  • Hidari Jodan Age Uke
  • Sankaku Tobi / Empi Uchi
  • Kiai
  • Migi Jodan Shuto Uke
  • Hidari Jodan Shuto Uke
  • Heisoku Dachi

Recommendations

  • Work on keeping even your stances
  • Keep your back straight
  • Always look before turning and work on your proper posture

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Sokugi Taikyoku Sono Ichi

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Sokugi Taikyoku sono ichi

Sokugi Taikyoku Sono Ichi

This is a beautiful Kata created by master Oyama. This Kata displays kicking techniques, basic blocks, and basic stances where the student practices repetition.

Sokugi means Kicking. Taikyoky means Grand Ultimate View. This is the first kicking kata from the Kyokushin series.

The techniques we find on this kata are:

  • Mae Geri Keage
  • Kansetsu Geri, is a side low sidekick, can be applied to the knee.
  • Zenkutsu Dachi
  • Kake Wake Uke

Sokugi Taikyoku Sono Ichi Step by Step

  1. Begin your Kata in Fudo Dachi. On the command, SOKUGI TAIKUOKU SONO ICHI followed by YOI start from the base KAMAE position and performs a slow JUMONJI/YOI DACHI. On the command, HAJIME/ICHI turn left 90° anti-clockwise, kick left Kansetsu Geri and step into left Zenkutsu Dachi and execute a Kake Wake Uke.
  2. Execute a right Mae Geri Keage and step forward into right Zenkutsu Dachi.
  3. Turn 180° clockwise to the right and execute a right Kansetsu Geri and step into right Zenkutsu Dachi and execute a Kake Wake Uke.
  4. Execute a left Mae Geri Keage and step forward into left Zenkutsu Dachi.
  5. Turn 90° anti-clockwise to the left and execute a left Kansetsu Geri and step into left Zenkutsu Dachi and make a Kake Wake Uke.
  6. Execute a right Mae Geri Keage and step forward into right Zenkutsu Dachi.
  7. Execute a left Mae Geri Keage and step forward into left Zenkutsu Dachi.
  8. Execute a right Mae Geri Keage with KIAI and step forward into right Zenkutsu Dachi.
  9. Turn 270° anti-clockwise to the left and execute a left Kansetsu Geri and step into left Zenkutsu Dachi and execute a Kake Wake Uke.
  10. Execute a right Mae Geri Keage and step forward into right Zenkutsu Dachi.
  11. Turn 180° clockwise to the right and execute a right Kansetsu Geri and step into right Zenkutsu Dachi and execute a Kake Wake Uke.
  12. Execute a left Mae Geri Keage and step forward into left Zenkutsu Dachi.
  13. Turn 90° anti-clockwise to the left and make a left Kansetsu Geri and step into left Zenkutsu Dachi and execute a Kake Wake Uke.
  14. Execute a right Mae Geri Keage and step forward into right Zenkutsu Dachi.
  15. Execute a left Mae Geri Keage and step forward into left Zenkutsu Dachi.
  16. Execute a right Mae Geri Keage with KIAI and step forward into right Zenkutsu Dachi.
  17. Turn 270° anti-clockwise to the left and execute a left Kansetsu Geri and step into left Zenkutsu Dachi and execute a Kake Wake Uke.
  18. Execute a right Mae Geri Keage and step forward into right Zenkutsu Dachi.
  19. Turn 180° clockwise to the right and execute a right Kansetsu Geri and step into right Zenkutsu Dachi and execute a Kake Wake Uke.
  20. Execute a left Mae Geri Keage and step forward into left Zenkutsu Dachi.
  21. On the NAORE command return to Fudo Dachi (pull left foot back to the base position, still looking right until the turn is completed).

Recommendations

  • Always keep your back straight
  • Before turning you need to look where you will turn
  • Aim your Kansetsu Geri to the knee not higher
  • Aim your Mae Geri Keage to the face

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Kata Taikyoku Sono Ni

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Taikyoku Sono Ni

Taikyoku Sono Ni

Taikyoku Sono Ni is a Kata in Kyokushin found in the white belt rank. It is a basic Kata but a very important one because it is one of the fundamental pillars for Kyokushin Karate.

The techniques you will do in this Kata are:

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