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;
One's stance is very important in order to get the lower center of gravity, to stabilize the body before and during a powerful kick. For more information is strengthening your stance see:
Martial Stance, click here
Here are some good drills for building martial internal energy in a front thrust kick:
See Hsing-i and the many martial and everyday methods of building your stance in the book Axe Hand; Hsing-i & Internal Strength Workout;
Using the 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.
Next 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.
A series of kicking and striking combinations, are great for closing the gap, and difficult for the adversary to predict. Internals enable these combinations to build on each other and gain momentum. Some of these advantages are listed in: Martial Benefits of the Internal, click here
Do 100 front kicks in place (without stepping forward) in a row, as you turn in a circle, all above the waist; whithout snapping.
Right afterwards, do 30-50 kicks slowly, bringing your knees as close as you can toward your chest.
You might need to stretch before going to this second step, until you are used to it.
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Below is an Internal Kick of Hsing-Yi Dragon that propels the body forward,
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