So I've been told when kicking you're meant to point your toes up and kick with the ball of your foot but when trying a maweshigeri, I can't seem to make my toes point upwards very much and I was just wondering if anybody had any tips or exercises to help with movement? Thanks
Firstly, classical (or traditional) shotokan side thrust kick is performed with the edge of your foot, often raising the big toe and pulling down the other toes, helps get the foot position right. Mawashigeri has the same foot position but with all the toes pulled back.
Practice the Yokogeri foot position, get that right and then raise all your toes. It will get easier with practice... As will your foot flexibility.
Also mawashi should be coming down from the horizontal, else you'll hit the target with your toes. It's a difficult one to perfect. I often have the same foot position even when kicking with the instep. Keep your supporting leg bent, don't raise up or extend the supporting leg, it may feel like you get extra height, but in fact you will restrict your movement by tightening the hamstrings.
I know I have broadened the discussion but these other factors will help with getting the form right.
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If it's just the foot position you are struggling with then just work on that for a while. Simple little exercise that is just for the toe lift and getting used to impact with the ball of the foot (works for mae geri and mawashi geri), just stand up straight with your feet side by side, bend your knee and just try kicking the floor next to the supporting foot with your toes curled back so you only contact with the ball of your foot. You'll get used to the correct foot position very quickly.
Most beginners also fall into the trap (and I've never seen you train so apologies for the generalisations) of trying to run before they can walk. There is a lot going on with mawashi geri (which is why you don't usually do it 3 weeks into your training ) and it's a technique that needs to be broken down into sections to get all the body mechanics right (to avoid damaging yourself as much as anything else) and every body want's to be able to kick too high too soon, better to practice kicking to your own hip height until you've got the 5 stages of the technique right, once you done that then higher is easy
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