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Groin kick (kin geri)

The groin kick is a fast and effective snap kick used to strike at the groin. The striking surface is the top of the foot or instep (Haisoku). Speed and surprise are both important for a good groin kick. As the groin is a soft target, speed more than power is required for the groin kick to be effective.

How to perform a groin kick (kin geri)

Bring your knee forward by pushing off with your toes, so that the heel lifts off first and the toes provide extra forward momentum. With your knee pointing forward, snap the leg towards your opponents groin. Your foot should be pointed forward with your toes pulled tightly down. The striking surface is the top of the foot or instep.

Return your leg to the ground as quickly to stop your opponent from grabbing your leg.

The video clip shows Sensei Terry Lyon (5th Dan) performing Groin Kick (Kin Geri).

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Groin kick (kin geri): points to remember

  • Keep your guard up while kicking. Do not throw your arms backward as you kick.
  • Tilt your head slightly down, wtih your chin tucked in.
  • Try to keep your back straight and do not lean forward or backward while kicking.
  • Bend the leg you are standing on while kicking to give you better balance.
  • Thrust your hips forward with the kick to add power and speed.

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