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Unfortunately rolled ankles are pretty common in karate. This is especially true for people who spend a great deal of time walking on the sides of their feet in order to condition them for sokuto (foot edge) strikes. Stretching the outside of the ankles results in ankle instability and this can present a real danger for people working in groups that emphasize sweeps and throws in conjunction with strikes.

In the group I teach we no longer use sokuto for larger yoko-geri (side kicks), instead we use the sole of the foot (closer to the heel). Striking with sokuto with a strong yoko geri results in a great deal of compression on the outside of the foot that can result in Morton’s neuroma, ankle injuries, and knee damage.  We still use sokuto for the smaller kansetsu geri (knee kicks) as not as much force is required for it to be effective.

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"Try to see yourself as you truly are and try to adopt what is meritorious in the work of others. As a karateka you will of course often watch others practice. When you do and you see strong points in the performance of others, try to incorporate them into your own technique. At the same time, if the trainee you are watching seems to be doing less than his best ask yourself whether you too may not be failing to practice with diligence. Each of us has good qualities and bad; the wise man seeks to emulate the good he perceives in others and avoid the bad."
Funakoshi Gichin


January 2009

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