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A Kick to the Head

There is an old saying that if you want to kick someone in the head, throw them to the ground first. Then you can "stomp the cockaroach juice out of them" (quoting my friend Prof. Kimo Ferreira). I know that the word is spelled "cockroach," but in Hawaii we pronounce it "cock-a- roach."

High kicks are very risky, particularly on rough terrain, in the dark, or against multiple attackers. Grapplers love it when you try to kick them high.

In the old days, kicks were directed below the waist. Stomping, sweeps, trips, traps, knee presses, etc. were much more common.

High kicks are largely designed to impress the public, which has no Karate expertise.

Of course, Karate techniques should only be used as a last resort.


Charles C. Goodin