SHOTOKAN KARATE VIDEO Kyle Funakoshi Shows You How to Use Fakes to Defeat an Opponent
Could you have survived Mas Oyama's intense outdoor training program?
Find out in this FREE "time capsule" download!
History of Karate: Inside Mas Oyama’s Hard-Core Kyokushin Karate Conditioning Program
In the fake-to-a-high-kick technique, Kyle Funakoshi and his opponent assume the kamae (fighting stance). Kyle Funakoshi times his initial act, a low feint. Both men recover to the fighting stance. Kyle Funakoshi then starts what appears to be a front kick to the body, and the opponent tries to intercept it with a low block. Without altering his forward motion, Kyle Funakoshi transitions to a high roundhouse kick aimed at the opponent's exposed head. The second technique demonstrated involves a fake to a leg sweep and face punch. Kyle Funakoshi first throws a fake to throw his opponent off-balance, using rhythm as a pre-emptive strike to set up his real attack. As he explained in his Black Belt interview, "There are all sorts of rhythm. There's natural rhythm when you're not moving. There's a rhythm in which you're pressing your opponent. ... Whenever you have an opponent in front of you, that changes rhythm again because both of you are moving -- especially when he throws a fake or when you do and he reacts to it."
Download your FREE guide to how training in kyokushin and other styles contributed to Michael Jai White’s personal and professional success!
Michael Jai White Flashback: The Kyokushin Karate Expert’s
Early Days in Hollywood
The opponent's reaction to Kyle Funakoshi's fake opens the door for the shotokan expert to speed forward and catch the unsuspecting karateka with a leg sweep. As that knocks the opponent off-balance and sends him on a trajectory toward the ground, Kyle Funakoshi follows up in a near-simultaneous fashion with a high-speed punch to the face for total low-body/high-body domination. His opponent never had a chance!