Internal Kicking

A kick that is snapped, originated in the knee, or relies on muscle; is an external kick.

For a kick to be internal, whether the knee is bent in a kick or not;
  • the force is focused by the Lower Dan Tien;
  • augmented with a drop, or push up from the other leg, and
  • has the hip thrown into it.

Here are some good drills for building martial internal energy in a front thrust kick:

    Hsing-i Horse
  1. Start with Hsing-i Horse's front hand doing an inside-to-outside upper block with the front arm which leads and pulls the rear leg's front kick, which leads the last punch.
    (see Hsing-i Crazy Horse in the book Axe Hand; Hsing-i & Internal Strength Workout; at

  2. rear leg's step forward, which leads the forward movement with a knee strike that goes directy forward (rather than upward), before landing as a the new forward leg which pulls and leads the rear hand's front high inward striking punch.

    70 Pound Swinging Sandbag

    Try doing this forward knee strike alone, then with above combination. This I-O upper block, leading a kick, is also found in the Hsing-i Second Linking Set.


    Due the same, with the rear leg being a front thrust kick, that is pushed from the hip/lower Dan Tien, just as the knee strike was.

    Variation, is to change the last striking rear hand strike to an inward elbow strike, when closer, or finish original front punch, sith a backhand.

    Tai Chi Sequence For Building Internal Front Kick:
  1. Snake Creeps Down
  2. Snake Creeps Up
  3. Golden Cock Stands on One Leg with a front thrust kick forward as a risng plam changes to a palm push
  4. two more of the same forward, and then
  5. one forward kick/palm thrust in place then stepping back ward, to check root, and balance into
  6. a series of Repulse Monkeys.


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