This ‘lost Karate Kicking Technique’ was the first bit of real Karate I ever saw.
I was working in a fast food restaurant at the time, and spending my spare time teaching Chinese Kenpo, when I saw a Karate Kicking Technique that I had never seen before. Oh, I was a Kenpo True Believer. Best stuff that ever walked the universe, if you get my drift. But I hadn’t seen this karate kick.
Then, one day, a dweeb went to work for the restaurant. He was an idjit. A know nothing, and I looked down on him.
I was standing at the register, looking into the backroom, and this kid, thinking nobody is watching him, gives a hop and a kick, and the whole wall began shaking. It was a karate kick I had never seen, and it is the lost karate kickign technique that I am referring to in this article.
He backed off quick, and it was obvious that he hadn’t meant to kick the wall that hard. But it was too late, I had seen him.
“What was that? What did you do?” Yet, I knew it was Karate. It was a karate like I had never seen. An instructor in Chinese Kenpo for a couple of years, and I had never seen real Karate.
“No, that was Karate. What kind of karate do you study?”
“Well, uh…I don’t really know it. I just…”
He blathered on, but it was too late. I had seen, and I wanted.
He studied an obscure style of Karate known as Kang Duk Won, and, unbeknownst to me, it was a direct line to the Karate that Funakoshi studied. Not Funakoshi himself…but before Funakoshi. This was the real stuff. BEfore tournament and college power groups and all that sort of thing.
And the kick he had done? It was a simple shuffle kick. Start in a back stance, and move both feet at the same time. The rear foot lands where the front foot was, and, at the exact same moment, the front foot impacts on the target.
Two things happen when you kick like this. One, you sink your weight at the point of the kick, which stabilizes and increases the amount of power in the kick. Two, you move the body as one unit.
Interestingly, I have never seen anybody in the mixed martial arts scene do this kind of kick. It is a fight ender, a massive blast that crunches anything before it. That can knock down a wall if you get a little too quick with it.
Well, that is real Karate, and it is too bad, but there aren’t any martial arts schools today that do this lost karate kicking technique.