wetmattos said: I see ^,^ I used capoeira as an example, since by using ginga the conditions for kicks like roundhouse and such change completely (I’ve seen masters using reverse roundhouse kicks with almost no build up), but this answers my question ^,^ Thanks!

Oh yeah, there’s no question that different beginning body position changes pretty much everything about how a kick is done, what we can get away with, and how limber someone is pretty much changes the all rules again. I’ve only ever seen capoeira done once in person and at a distance, while in the stands at one of our black belt tests.

It was pretty cool, I have to say and very different from some of the Asian styles. Every style does things their own way though, so any guide we put up always requires more research.

The differences just between similar techniques like the Shotokan sidekick versus the Taekwondo sidekick are immense, even though the principles are the same. The devil’s in the details. I got into such trouble with the assistants is my college Karate class. They were always coming over and adjusting my leg and my foot. “Put it here, not here, tighten there, tuck it tighter, lower, on a lower diagonal, more against your stomach”. I’m not very traditional and I’m more like: it’s a sidekick what does it matter so long as it works when I need it?

It’s actually really tough to rewrite thirteen years of doing something one way to have to do it different, while still staying similar. Shotokan can be really traditional, our instructor was nice though. You can tell a lot about what someone practices just by the way they do a chamber or what position they hold their foot in after it’s complete.

Fortunately, we don’t need most of those details to effectively convince someone that we know what we’re talking about when we’re writing about it. *cough* Though, I’d love to hear more about capoeira.