How those judges are scoring you!

The Front Kick or Mae Geri in Japanese.

This is what a good front kick looks like. Note the left foot is on the way to straighten out and the contact will be made with the ball of the foot, toes curled back. The base leg is stable and grips the floor. Good kickers usually put a slight bend in the base knee as well. The body is vertical. The left hand is forward in a blocking preparation position.

The eye wink and turned head is of course the fine art work of noted artist Perry Vasquez. Normally the kicker would focus the eyes along the path of the kick.

Front kicks can be aimed higher or lower, it depends on the target chosen. To start the kick, the student must first chamber the knee and then launch the kick from the hip.

Kicks are directed forward and through a target, rather than just up and high. High kicks however are fun to see.


















What are the referees awarding points for in kata competition?

Power, technique, control and grace! Students may do a form that has from twenty to eighty moves. Each move is precise and challenges the student to have good balance, legs and arms in the precise place, effectively carrying out strike or block, speed of performance, drama or composure and a lot of other things. Referees mentally are rewarding the student during the performance for movement that is good, but sometimes deducting for errors as well. Judges value lower stances and posture. If the body is too upright, the power does not follow.

The student below is doing a formal front stance. Note the front knee is above the ankle, and the back foot is about 45 degrees to the direction line. Unless called for, most punches are directed at the solar plexus about four inches lower than he is showing. The head is very upright so the balance looks fine. In order to do this reverse punch he has rotated his hips. Note the detail in the fist, thumb correctly tucked away. Both feet gripping the floor.  Throughout the studentís performance, the judges are evaluating the various stances, balance, rhythm, power and technique for each movement and making an overall assessment.