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WELSH ACADEMY OF MARTIAL ARTS - BARRY YMCA
BASIC TIPS
WHO ARE WE
THE HISTORY OF KARATE
THE HISTORY OF KICKBOXING
RHYDIAN TOLCHER JAMES
LYNNE TOLCHER-JAMES
NEWS
CLASSES
WHAT DOES A BLACK BELT REPRESENT
BLACK BELTS ROLE OF HONOUR
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF A BLACK BELT
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2002 WAMA TO REPRESENT WALES AGAIN
LYNNE WITH "DON THE DRAGON" WILSON
TRAINING AND GRADING SYLLABUS
HALL OF FAME
INSTRUCTORS AND FIRST AID OFFICIALS
EXCELLENCE IN RECENT GRADINGS PRODUCING "A" GRADE STUDENTS
THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE
HOW TO TIE YOUR BELT
OUR NINJA KIDS
KICKBOXING FOR LADIES
LYNNE WITH DAVID MITCHELL author of the "Young Martial Arts Enthusiast"
LYNNE/ RHYDIAN/PHILLIP WITH COLIN JACKSON
BEING A MARTIAL ART TEACHER
MEDITATION
CAN MARTIAL ARTS IMPROVE YOUR AWARENESS
MARTIAL ARTS CAN HELP IF YOU ARE BEING BULLIED
DONNA HILLBERG
STUDENT AND INSTRUCTOR
STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARDS
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
LIVE CHAT
WELSH CHAMPIONS
NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS
NATIONAL MILLENNIUM AWARD WINNERS
THAI GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL VISIT
NOVICES STRIKE GOLD
WHY PRACTICE KARATE OR KICKBOXING
BREATHING TECHNIC
SPARRING AND FIGHTING STRATEGY
BAG WORK
ASTHMA AND KICKBOXING
BASIC TIPS
STRETCHING
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Basic Tips

  • BASIC STANCE

    Stand with feet approximately shoulder width apart. 
    Body weight should be evenly distributed between both feet. 
    Both knees should be slightly bent. 
    The left hand should be held protecting the left side of face and ribs. 
    The right hand should be held protecting the right side of face and ribs.
    Head and chin must be kept down with eyes fixed on opponent looking through eyebrows at opponent.
    Body must be turned sideways to opponent.
  • FOOTWORK FOR PUNCHING

    Footwork movement should consist of short sharp sliding steps on the balls of the feet.
    When moving forward - push off rear foot. 
    When moving backward - push off front foot. 
    When moving to your left - the left foot moves off first. 
    When moving to your right - the right foot moves off first.
    When moving always maintain your basic stance. 
    Always keep your guard up protecting yourself at all times. 
  • THE LEFT JAB

    The punch is aimed to your opponents face in a straight line.
    Pivoting your shoulder and hips.
    Slide your feet forward before impact. 
    Bring the hand back along the same path as the delivery in a straight line. 
    The right hand must be held high to protect yourself.
  • THE STRAIGHT RIGHT

    Drive the right hand fully extended at your opponent in a straight line. 
    Pivoting your shoulder and hip, shift most of your body weight onto your front foot. 
    Keep your left hand up to protect yourself. 
    Bring your hand back along the same path as the delivery.
  • ROUNDHOUSE KICK

    This kick is normally employed when attacking. 
    The kick is delivered straight from the hip, with full body weight behind it. 
    The kick whips straight through the target, in an upward downward movement.
    Make sure that you are up on your toes when delivering the kick. 
    Body must be turned sideways on impact with the target, keeping your guard up. 
  • THE PUSH KICK

    This kick is normally employed to defend. 
    Resume basic stance.
    Aim raised knee towards target, making sure toes are pulled back. 
    Push the leg straight out with your bodyweight behind it, hitting the target with the ball of your feet.
    Your toes must be pulled back, otherwise an impact with a solid object will lead to injury (broken toes
    ).