How to Use Your Feet to Block in Karate

Blocking a Punch
Steps:
1.Face forward with one leg ahead of the other, keeping your legs shoulder-width apart.
2.Bring your back leg up, bending the knee at a 90-degree angle.
3.Snap your leg directly forward, targeting inside the attacker's punch where the upper arm and shoulder meet. Strike the joint with the ball of your foot.
4.Pull your leg back quickly so that the attacker has no chance to trap you. 
Blocking a Kick That Approaches from the Side (round house)

Steps:
5.Use the same method as above, but target inside the kick where the attacker's thigh and hip meet. Strike the joint with the ball of your foot. 
Overall Tips: Practice timing your blocks with a partner: As your partner punches or kicks, execute a controlled strike against the attack. Be careful not to use full force against your partner. 
Overall Warnings:
Kicking at the joints (arm-shoulder or leg-hip connections) is extremely dangerous unless practiced in a controlled setting.
Attacking the joints with the feet is an effective defense technique, but it is not permitted in most competitions.
If you have any condition that would impair or limit your ability to engage in physical activity, please consult a physician before attempting this activity. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. 


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