Back kick (ushiro geri)
The back kick (Ushiro Geri) is used to strike when being attacked from the rear. A variation of this is to spin around to attack an opponent in front of you with what is known as a spinning back kick.
How to perform a back kick (ushiro geri)
Begin by standing in a parallel stance feet shoulder width apart (Heiko Dachi). First look over your shoulder at your target, then thrust your heel towards your target as quickly and powerfully as you can. Your foot should be heel forward with your toes pointing downwards. The striking surface is the heel of your foot.
The video clip shows Sensei Terry Lyon (5th Dan) performing Back kick (Ushiro Geri).
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Back kick (ushiro geri): points to remember
- Do not lift the knee before kicking. The kick should begin from the heel leaving the ground.
- Make sure you look over your shoulder at your target.
- Slightly bend the leg you are standing on to give you more support and balance while kicking.
- Do not drop your hands while kicking and try not to lean forward too much.
- Practice your back kick low before you attempt to aim higher.