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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Ushiro Geri - Back Kick Explanation

H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts and Citizen Schools students learned to execute a back kick (Ushiro Geri).

The kick can be broken down into four parts:

1 - Stepping to the side with the lead legwhile turning the hip and raising the heel of the lead leg foot and pointing it at your target...

2 - Quickly turning the head (keeping your arms up to protect your face) and looking over the shoulder of the kicking leg...

3 - Now with your target in view (you should see your target before executing the kick) raise the knee of the kicking leg (what we call chambering or coiling the leg) up to your elbow of the arm that should be protecting your face...

Tip: Your toes of your kicking leg's foot should be flexed upward so that the heel comes to a point, the causes the muscles in the heel to flex making them "hard".

4 - Your leg now chambered, looking out your target, arms up protecting your face you can now

un-chamber/uncoil the kicking making sure that the heel is driven toward your target which is usually the midsection or face of your opponent.

Tip: The back kick is usually setup by a technique that brings your opponent's hands up which leaves the mid-section open. You may try a technique that is an outside to inside such as a hook punch or a roundhouse kick this helps to set the entire body into motion and direction needed to add more power to the back kick.


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