Karate Mechanics for Kumite[Sparring] 6 – Mawashi-geri

This is the sixth lesson on basic kumite. In this one, we continue using our feet to score points.

For the previous lesson on basic hand techniques, visit Karate Mechanics for Kumite[Sparring] 5 – Kizami-mawashi-geri.

Mawashi-geri

‘Mawashi-geri’ means ’roundhouse kick’. Most of the time, when it is referred to alone without a prefix like ‘Kizami’, it refers to a roundhouse kick given with the hind leg.

Lift your back knee as you turn your body 180°. Your knee points towards your target. Your support foot is turned in the opposite direction of your target. Your body is sideways.

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).

Mawashi-geri can be used to the head[jodan] or the body[chudan].

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

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

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