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High roundhouse kick (jodan mawashi geri)

The roundhouse kick (Mawashi Geri) is one of the most popular of the karate kicks. It can be used to attack at any level from the knee to the head. When performed correctly, the roundhouse kick can be devastatingly fast and effective in strikes to the ribs and head. In sparring tournaments, many knock-outs are the result of a good roundhouse kick to the head.

How to perform a high roundhouse kick (jodan mawashi geri)

  1. Begin by standing in a middle front stance (Han Zenkutsu Dachi). A strong stance is particularly important for a good kick as you must have a stable platform from which to launch your kick.
  2. Propel the knee forward by using your toes and heel like a spring. Once the knee points at the target, snap the leg forward from the knee. You can give the kick power by rotating your hip and your support leg. Strike the target with the ball of the foot. For strikes to the neck or thigh you can use the instep with toes pointed down.
  3. Practice your roundhouse kicks low until you perfect them before you attempt the higher kicks.

The video clip shows Sensei Terry Lyon (5th Dan) performing high roundhouse kick (jodan mawashi geri).

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High roundhouse kick (jodan mawashi geri): points to remember

  • The rotation of the hips with the roundhouse kick turns the body toward the attacker. Do not turn your body and then kick, as this would telegraph your move to your opponent.
  • Try to remain upright and avoid leaning back or to the side.
  • Keep your guard up as you kick to protect your head against a counter-attack.

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10 comments about “High Roundhouse kick (jodan mawashi geri)”

  1. Graham Nichols said:

    With respect, I think you have the wrong video clip linked to the mawashi geri page. The clip shows a form of angled mae geri. Definately NOT a mawashi geri.

  2. SARANTOS said:

    I cannot believe that this guy is a karate teacher !

  3. chucknorris01 said:

    The guy in the video did not do a roundhouse kick. The real roundhouse kick is patented by Chuck Norris.

  4. matt said:

    i dont do karate and i know hes describing mae geri

  5. scotian karateka said:

    I hate to disagree with all of you, but watch carefully, that is a roundhouse kick. the camera angle is absolutely terrible for it and that’s why it looks like a front kick, but watch the curve of his kick and the position of his foot

  6. Sven said:

    The video does display a mawashi geri, but its horribly done. He wont be able to put any proper force behind the kick. The left foot blade should turn more to the left as he lift the right hip, and the hip should be higher allowing the kick to go downwards instead of upwards.

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