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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Ushiro Geri - Back Kick

H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts and Citizen Schools Citizen Schools students learned how to execute a Back Kick, "Ushiro Geri".

"Ushiro" means Back in English.
"Geri" means Kick in English.

"Ushiro Geri" means Back Kick in English.

The students learned how to break the Back Kick down into four parts:
— Stepping to the side with the lead leg
— Turning the head quickly to maintain eye contact with the target
— "Chambering" the kicking leg by bringing the kicking leg's knee up tight into the chest
— Finally kicking the target and hitting with the heel of the foot (in Japanese "Kakato")

In addition, the students also learned about "flexing" the muscles right at the end of the technique which aids in giving the leg/heel added support upon impact.


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