HOW TO CONTROL A FIGHT | Karate Footwork — Jesse Enkamp


the person who controls the distance controls the fight in today’s video I’m gonna teach you three types of karate footwork that you can use to control the fight by controlling the distance in Japanese footwork is known as a she Tsubaki and these three versions that I’m gonna show you are some of the most commonly used across all styles of karate check it out the first type of partner footwork is what we call studio she in Japanese number one Sudi this part right here as she means both leg and foot in Japanese just a fun fact in Finland in the Finnish language it’s the same thing Yoga means foot and leg I was about to say Kalia but that’s very yeah so sudhi Asha is the first type of footwork that I want to show you today and you can use this type of footwork in all types of karate if you’re a fighter a kata ki horn the essential principles of how to move your legs will always be the same studia she is the first one and it’s about sliding if I’m standing with my left leg to the front like this Suniya she means that I move my left leg first sliding to the front and then my back leg follows alright so I’m not making any sounds I am simply just sliding this way okay front to back back to front right right goes first left left goes first so all I’m doing is essentially sliding across the surface of the floor and this is something I could do for example if I’m fighting and I want to do a reverse punch then usually a person would do that by sliding through the front with the front leg and then sliding with the back leg or if I’m doing a kata let’s say I’m doing a popular kata like Anna this right then you would also have this type of sliding motion in that kata so it’s a very popular type of footwork all you do is slide but the important thing is this when you’re sliding this foot closest to your the foot closest to your the foot closest to your Diner the foot closest to you your destination that’s the word I was looking for it should always move first meaning if you go to the front you start with the front foot and then you just follow with the back leg if you go back the back leg starts if you go to the left your left leg the front leg starts if you go to the right your right leg starts alright so you’re always moving the foot that is closest to your destination in Surya she now number two Oh Korea she and now it’s pretty similar to sue the a she but now you can actually lift one foot off the floor and kind of like if you’re jumping or skipping you go one two this way you will usually see people doing this if they’re doing up a jab at kizami tsuki or let’s say I’m doing a kata this way I’m kind of leaping or exploding into my enemy and something that people need to understand when it comes to this is that it’s about expansion and contraction you can’t leave your back foot behind well you can but then you’re missing kind of the point because it’s all about weight distribution management I want to move my center of gravity as far as possible to the front by moving this foot first and pushing off with the back leg but then blooming this licking as well right and you can combine this you go like that if you’re kind of chasing somebody right when you’re fighting for example that’s ogre Yoshi and the third type of karate footwork is this su di shi su de this word right here means next or upcoming or trailing or following which of course makes sense when you think about how you’re actually doing it because now I move that opposite leg first for example if I want to go to the front I move my back leg first and then I follow with the front leg alright so if I’m trying to attack you this way and I’m using this type of Tsuyoshi footwork the idea is that I’m kind of hiding my back leg with my front leg so I get half a step here and you can’t really see that I’m moving right and then boom I can do a big step because I’ve already stepped halfway with my back leg right this way you can do this backwards too let’s say I’m fighting somebody or somebody tries to grab my leg this is what karate fighters do in MMA or the UFC so instead of just sliding away using a studious Qi or open yashi they would actually start by moving the front leg ooh just to avoid getting trapped there go pop this way because that’s faster and that’s the sukiyaki footwork that were practicing right now a lot of times people also use sukiyaki with kicking because you get that type of shuffle step right if I want to kick here papa this way right if I want to use my front foot to kick I’m just stepping halfway with click which frees up my front leg for the actual kick right and you can do it to the back as well here and I step back and I kick right classic moves in Kumi de in fighting inspiring but the point always is to control the distance between yourself and your opponent so whenever you want you can get yourself to safety or attack going with a blitz of techniques it’s all about using footwork distancing and positioning to your advantage in other words strategy that is the point of footwork to control a fight train hard good luck and have fun

100 thoughts on “HOW TO CONTROL A FIGHT | Karate Footwork — Jesse Enkamp

  1. lemme just steal this and insert it into my tkd… honestly I used to do karate when I was a kid and now I use some of it naturally in my 'tkd' so now it's a weird mix.

  2. Nice to learn about others styles, thank you for your videos. Now I’m confused, just a little haha, so different names for shito-ryu : (, example:

    SURI ASHI = YORI ASHI
    OKURI ASHI = not like suri ashi, first back leg and then front leg but also not like tsugi ashi, you got to cross against front leg like a step, it’s more a basic not for fighting, except if you do a yoko geri
    TSUGI ASHI = TOBIKOMI.

    And other basic like OIASHI, a complete step from back leg, the classic advance move.

    Greetings and hope still learning from you!

  3. Oss Jesse….I was introduced to ashi sabaki in 1979/80 training with a Sensei who was one of the first Europeans to do Tenshinkan Karate-do…and bring it to South Africa. Great times and I still love the style big time.

  4. Been watching your videos for the past few weeks, been out of training for a good 15 years now, and you have inspired me to get back into training. Unfortunately my old Shotokan Dojo has long since closed down, but have found a good Goju ryu dojo close by.. Thank you and keep up the great videos.

  5. At 7:05 you can see that the translation of "karate" as "empty hand" shouldn't be taken too seriously 😀

  6. Great educational resource for anyone wanting to know the basics. For me I was stuck in a plateau of simple boxing footwork and muy thai/kickboxing foot work. This has expanded my understanding of distance control. In my opinion distance control wins fights. Much love and honor to all those practicing an art! Arigato

  7. In my style we move the opposite foot so we don't open ourselves up during sparring but I like your way better because it's easier to learn.

  8. In a street fighting perspective, i use all stances, me finding traditional karate to be one of the most effective

  9. NICE😀 I’ve been accused of being a knit picker on the basics on primary belts. Being told that it would only serve to discourage students. My Belief has always to learn once, then move through the primary ranks by putting more tool in the toolbox. Without coming to the epiphany that one needs better tools and has to go through the painful process of unlearning the bad habits that were allowed to become the foundation of the system. Unfortunately I had to put myself through this in year 3 as a Brown Belt.

  10. In yesterday i got my green belt and i am so happy! And thats because u learned me how to get “kime”. Thank you so much Jesse.❤️🥋

  11. hii Jesse, can you show us more your feet then your face, I couldn't see same your demonstret 😊😊 with respect you.. thank you 😍😍😍 I love it, greeting from yellow belt in my age 33yld 😁😁😁

  12. I always get the impression that kyokushin guys dont really mind distance. All those fights they get as close in as possible. Is kyokushin so different from, lets say shotokan or shito ryu?

  13. Will this footwork work in a street fight? Also i noticed that when i bounce i tend to get exhausted quickly. Im 5’11 and 200 pounds

  14. Careful this makes the opponent able to killface, the most powerful technique in any martial art. But you must restomp the groin

  15. i firmly believe that karate has the best footwork in all martial arts, it is so technical but at the same time fast and direct.

  16. My contribution:

    Suri Ashi = Deslizar perna mais próxima do alvo ou objetivo, para frente, para trás, direita ou esquerda.
    Okuri Ashi = Semelhante ao movimento do Suri ashi, porém com 'salto' explosivo. A perna da frente 'arrasta' a de trás.
    Tsugi Ashi = Impulso dado com a perna de trás, que 'empurra' a da frente no avanço. Ou recuando, a perna da frente 'empurra' a de trás. Usa-se tanto para Te-waza quanto Gueri-Waza.
    Yori Ashi = Como um deslizamento semelhante ao Suri ashi, porém com as duas pernas ao mesmo tempo.
    Ayumi Ashi = deslocamento com a perna de trás passando pela da frente (como o caminhar em base zenkutsu, por exemplo, só que em Kamae)
    Tai Sabaki = Deslocamento explosivo mudando a posição/direção do corpo. Usualmente praticado para contra-ataques ao mesmo tempo que se desvia e/ou defende o ataque adversário. Para entender um pouco melhor o Tai Sabaki Imagine fazendo um Suri Ashi ou Okuri ashi, digamos para a esquerda ( com a perna esquerda à frente). Ao fazer isso, desta posição agora gire seu corpo usando a perna de trás (direita) e rotação dos quadris no sentido horário. Pronto! Você fez um Tai Sabaki.

  17. Hello Jesse, if possible, could you ever make a video on boxing for Karate-kas? I am a Black Belt from Shito Ryu and I know some boxing, but now I am training mma and its kinda hard to adapt some puches, what do you think? greetings from Mexico!

  18. Good explanation of the 3 types of footworks! Is Okuri Ashi always faster than Suri Ashi? And is the use of Tsugi Ashi always to hide your movements like a leopard crawling and sneaking to attack?

  19. I love this channel! I'm a karate beginner and your videos are helping me a lot! Besides, you have a great sense of humor, Sensei! Good luck! Oss!

  20. One more time, you making a good explain, very good and single, with example. You´re very best. Oss I don´t now this terms okuri and tsugi, for me it´s new information, very good in your explain," we do without now what we do", you understand? After your explain, it´s is clear for me , tkanks young master, oss

  21. I got frustrated trying to teach martial arts to my friends who wanted me to teach them because they always wanted to skip the basics. Getting them to warm up properly was like pulling teeth. Trying to teach basic break fall forms first so they could hit the ground or be thrown without breaking their bones was a pain in the rear. Making them learn stances then practice moving from one stance into another over and over and moving into basic footwork, timing, distance and balance drills while only utilizing basic punching and kicking techniques got to boring for them. It was like they wanted me to show them some kind of shortcut to becoming a well rounded martial artist in 2 weeks time,lol. I was like "sorry, but it took me years to learn and many hours of practice everyday to get where I am at. This is how I learned so this is the only way I know to teach it. I kept telling them "baby steps. If I showed you the mechanics of a spinning heel kick and told you to bust one out before you have learned good balance,flexibility and good technique, you will probably develop bad habits or worse you could seriously hurt yourself". None of em wanted to listen and go slow so I gave up,lol.

  22. Oss sensei. I love all your videos. And enjoy the way to teach. ❤ Gotta work more with my footwork I guess and this video will help me a lot. 😊😊 oss sensei

  23. I like kumite .
    I love your explanation.really clear and easy to understand.
    Currently practicing karate here in japan..our sensei taught us about what you talk in the vid .

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