This video is of a novice in karate. He has only taken a few lessons before this video.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
To get into a defensive stance, start in anatomical position (normal standing position). Hyperextend (place in back) your dominant foot (in my case, the right foot) back about a foot. Rotate (turn) your body towards your dominant side (right). To complete your defensive stance, flex (bend) your elbows and fingers (make a fist) completely, bringing your hands up by your face. Pronate (turn) your wrists 90 degrees inward so that your palms are facing each other. I normally like to have my thumbs tightly secure under my four other fingers so I cannot jam my thumb when I throw any kind of punch. Your arms should be parallel to each other and perpendicular to the floor.
The cross punch is thrown with the back hand (dominant hand). The first step to having a powerful cross punch is rotating (turning) the hips. From your defensive stance, rotate (turn) hips to the target (or in this case the front of the room). Your back heel should come up off the ground, leaving only your ball of foot and toes touching the ground.
There are a few aspects to throwing a great cross punch. First, extending your arm all the way out. Second, pronating your hand 90 degrees at the last second before you hit your target. What I mean by this is to have your hand out like your are about to drop something.