There are many types of kicking techniques (Ti Fa) practiced by students of the LFIAA Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu that range from stamping, hooking, swaying to chopping etc. But it is the use of correct stepping methods that allow for fast, practical and effective kicking techniques. Traditionally all the kicking techniques taught and practiced by a practitioner of this unique internal martial art are aimed no higher than the opponents waist, only on very rare occasions will a practitioner perform a high kick.
There is a saying within the Chinese internal martial arts that for every step there is a kick. So it is very important that you know how to step correctly to deliver your kicking methods, in the accompanying video that comes with this blog you will see two female students performing a stomping kicking technique taking it in-turn to practice the kick back & forth between each other. You will also notice that when they are performing the kick that they sometimes use their front leg and rear leg to apply the stomping kick. For each of the female students to perform the kick they must make sure to use correct footwork and you can see that the foot that is used to step will either point it’s toes directly towards the training partner or it will turn its foot outwards or inwards. The turning of the foot to point outwards allows the female student to apply the stomping kick off their rear foot, while pointing the toes of the front foot towards their training partner and then stepping forwards with their rear foot turning its toes inwards allows the student to apply the stomping kick off their front foot.
Obviously this video of the two female students performing the various ways of performing a stomping kick is simply training their stepping and ability to deliver the stomping kick off both legs. But in time these kicks will be combined with hand work (Shou Fa) which obviously needs to be added to help disguise their kicking technique. There is a saying that I always mention to my students that a really good kick should be felt by your opponent, but not seen. This means that through good skilful hand work which includes strikes, joint locks or throws and correct footwork all help for your kicking techniques to become successful in being applied as they disguise your kicks.