Ushiro Geri or Back Kick
Ushiro Geri is a very strong kick, the leg is stronger than the arm. In this page we will review, learn and study more facts and details of the back kick.
This is a very effective kick which can save your life because it can push an attacker away from. It can be applied to the knee, groin, stomach and even to the face depending on how flexible you are. The hip rotation creates the power in this kick. One of the most common mistakes is not to look where to kick.
- Ushiro Geri is a much more powerful kick than Mae Geri, and having the heel (Kakato) as the hitting area, which is a very solid area of the body and not the foot ball (Koshi) that is less solid, it is evident that it’s about a kick of more forceful results.
Another advantage of Ushiro Geri is that it is more difficult to detect and block than Mae Geri. The disadvantage of Ushiro Geri that you can not directly visualize the target you want to hit, but you can only intuit it through peripheral vision.
Ushiro Geri Step by Step:
First of all keep in mind there are several variations of Ushiro Geri but all of them share these step by step requirements:
- Look at your target before you kick
- Lift the knee in the opposite direction of your target
- Align your hips with your kick to add more power
- Keep your hands up
- Keep your back straight
Rear Push and Ushiro Geri Counter Attack
Keep in mind you could be attack anytime anywhere. You could be walking to your car, to a door and then out of the sudden your are pushed. This is what you can do.
- You are pushed and heading the ground.
- You are on your knees, and need to counter attack now.
- Now you execute your Ushiro Geri aiming the groin, stomach or the face.
Important recommendations on Ushiro Geri:
- In some styles, they recommend that the knee be raised to the height of the abdomen, as if it were a Mae Geri, while other schools recommend that the knee be raised to the knee height of the leg it holds.
- It is necessary to maintain the balance and firmly set the sole of the support foot, including the heel, as well as to contract the ankle strongly, this foot should open outward as the opposite foot advances, with Mae Geri.
- The leg that holds must have some degree of flexion.
- It should be fully flexed forward with the fingers raised to the maximum to allow the blow to be made with the bottom of the heel (Kakato)
- Once the foot has reached its target it must be picked up immediately as if it were a spring, to prevent the leg from being caught by the opponent, or to reach the floor quickly to continue with any other action.
- The heel should be stuck back to the back of the thigh if it is Ushiro Geri Keage or quickly seek to touch the ground if it is kekomi.
Without a question the back kick can be applied effectively in Kumite and in Self defense techniques, but it requires practice to master it. The intention of this page is to provide you with helpful information which you can use to improve your Ushiro Geri or Back kick.
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