Karate Mechanics for Kumite[Sparring] 5 – Kizami-mawashi-geri

This is the fifth lesson on basic kumite. In this one, we continue using our feet to score points. This time, from different angles.

For the previous lesson on basic hand techniques, visit Karate Mechanics for Kumite[Sparring] 4 – Mae-geriKarate Mechanics for Kumite[Sparring] 4 – Mae-geri.

Kizami-mawashi-geri

As you remember, ‘Kizami’ means ‘front’. ‘Mawashi-geri’ means ’roundhouse kick’. So ‘Kizami-mawashi-geri’ means ‘front roundhouse kick’.

The first step is to chamber the kick, as it is for Mae-geri.

To chamber a Kizami-mawashi-geri, lift your front knee and aim for your target. Your leg is bent. Your foot and toes are aligned with your shin. Your body is sideways. Your support foot is turned in the opposite direction of your target.

Once your knee is up, snap back your leg. You hit with the top of your foot in a kumite match (with the ball of your foot in self-defense).

As a beginner, you will want to use Kizami-mawashi-geri to the head[jodan] only.

Stay tuned for more basic Kumite lessons!

For the previous lessons, click below:

Karate Mechanics for Kumite[Sparring] 1 – Basic Stance
Karate Mechanics for Kumite[Sparring] 2 – Basic Footwork
Karate Mechanics for Kumite[Sparring] 3 – Basic Hand Techniques
Karate Mechanics for Kumite[Sparring] 4 – Mae-geri.

For all the information on beginner Kumite, visit the page here.

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