Front Snap Kick. The front snap kick is easy to use but its use is limited since its travel is upward and easy to block. Also, the kick must strike a target with a horizontal orientation, which is pretty much limited to under the chin or up into the groin.
- Partner holds a hand target outward with a target surface parallel to floor.
- Stand in a front stance with arms held in basic guard, facing and centered on the target.
- Chamber trailing leg by lifting knee high in front of body and close against the body.
- Shin is held vertical and ball of foot is extended downward with toes pulled back toward the knee.
- Aim the knee at the target, since the foot will travel to where knee is pointing.
- Snap ball of foot upward into bottom of the target, keeping the toes pulled back so they do not jam into the target.
- Quickly re-chamber the foot and step it back to its original position.
- The kicking motion is an upward, snapping motion.
- Perform the entire kicking motion from the floor, to the target, and back to the floor in one smooth, continuous motion.