Using your hips to improve your karate

For many years, I’ve been pondering the best way to use my hips during karate, and to what end I should be using them.

Do my hips add power, or speed? Do they equate to the same thing?

Should I use my hips at the start of a move, or at the end? Does it make a difference either way?

Is it best to make a big movement with my hips or a small one, and what are the benefits of either choice?

After much pondering, I feel as though I have finally come to an understanding that works, and explains most of the variables.

I don't claim that this is the definitive article on hips, and I may add to it in future as my understanding grows, but I believe it dispels some of the prevailing misunderstandings For now, I sincerely hope that you find it useul in helping you to understand how your hips aid your karate. If you have your own insights to share, please email me, and I will consider them and revise this article when appropriate.

What are my hips and why use them?
Hip mechanics during a punch
Hips first or last?
Big or small hip movement?
Direct and indirect rotation
Using your hips to improve your defense

Using your hips to initiate and extend body movement

Using a hip roll to protect your groin

Using your hips to aid a kick

Multiple hip actions