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Roundhouse kick (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 roundhouse kick (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 Roundhouse kick (Mawashi Geri).

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Roundhouse kick (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.

5 comments about “Middle level roundhouse kick (chudan mawashi geri)”

  1. Douglas e.craft said:

    I am very inpressed with your web-site. I used to take Japanese Go-Jo Ryu, these techniques are almost of the same style. The only thing missing is alittle more of kata techniques. thanks again.

  2. Simon West said:

    Sweet as video, although Chuck Norris is the king of roundhouse kicks. You guys should probably study some of his movies.

  3. Steve said:

    The comment before mine is correct, Norris is the absolute master of the roundhouse. I have seen him kick someone clear through a wall with nothing more than his skills. He is truly an inspiration to us all.

  4. David Watson said:

    That was the same exact thing as the side kick and the high round house but it was chamberd. I also believe that it would be much easier to do the kick if you make the toes of your front foot point backward so you can actually kick the person. To bring your foot back rotate back on the front ball of your foot sensei.

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