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#118720 - 02/23/03 05:06 PM on the roundhouse.
Chen Zen Offline
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I was sparring the other day and a friend of mine who is somewhat interested in MA's asked me later why I had hit with two different parts of my foot. One was with the ball and one was with my instep. Well after I explained it to him I was wondering what does the majority of practitioners use? The instep or the ball?

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#118721 - 02/24/03 03:50 AM Re: on the roundhouse.
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In street shoes, instep ('cept my steel-toed boots in which I break all the rules!).
Kicking to the head, usually instep.
Snickerdoodles, ball naturally, [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/biggrin.gif[/IMG] !

[Actually anything below the sternum]

[Dig this IK, for punches above the sternum, I use verticle fist!]

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#118722 - 02/24/03 03:52 AM Re: on the roundhouse.
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Oh yeah, kata - ball...

Like that counts [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/wink.gif[/IMG] !

[I still say flood control may be a bit much, especially when I've got a good schtick going. It interrupts the flow of the combination and in comedy, as it is in martial matters, timing is everything!]

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#118723 - 02/24/03 10:42 AM Re: on the roundhouse.
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[QUOTE]I Use the heel,& The ball of the ft,But not the instep as it's very weak,& should never be used in any altercation. [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/smile.gif[/IMG]

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#118724 - 02/24/03 12:24 PM Re: on the roundhouse.
senseilou Offline
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Isshin-never say never, it always bites you in the butt, but, I agree none the less.

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#118725 - 02/24/03 04:23 PM Re: on the roundhouse.
Chen Zen Offline
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I have a ahrd time hitting with the ball as it shortens my attack range. But I have also hurt my instep before...Interesting.Other thoughts?

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#118726 - 02/24/03 06:15 PM Re: on the roundhouse.
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Instep, almost exlusively. I only use the roundhouse for knees/sweeps, or rib shots if I get him bent over a little.

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#118727 - 02/24/03 06:17 PM Re: on the roundhouse.
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I rarely sweep or attack the knees unless its to stuff an attack or to keep the opponent from crowding

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#118728 - 03/02/03 08:35 AM Re: on the roundhouse.
gojuTKDdude Offline
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Both the instep and the ball of the foot are useful, they have different applications.

The instep is really goo for a snapping rounhouse and to attack broader targets, on the other hand the ball of the foot is better for more powerful kicks. there is less surface area which makes it much better to pick off specific targets like a rib or something.

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#118729 - 03/02/03 02:58 PM Re: on the roundhouse.
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I also feel that forming the blade with the ball of the foot takes a split second longer, and I tend to land flat footed after the kick. Using the instep feels quicker, and the landing is springier. This helps me launch a follow up kick or knee much faster. True, the ball of the foot focuses power better for breaking ribs, etc., but I have side and front kicks for that.

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