Karate Mechanics for Kumite[Sparring] 7 – Kizami-ura-mawashi-geri

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

For the previous lesson on basic kumite, visit Karate Mechanics for Kumite[Sparring] 6 – Mawashi-geri.


‘Kizami’ means ‘front’. ‘Ura-mawashi-geri’ means ‘hook kick’. Kizami-ura-mawashi-geri is therefore a hook kick given with the front leg.

The first step is to chamber the kick, as it is for any kick as you have noticed by now.

To chamber a Kizami-ura-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 (the one that is on the ground) is turned in the opposite direction of your target.

Now this kick is more complicated than simply snapping back.

Extend your leg past your opponent’s head so that they can see the back of your thigh. From there, bend your leg again and hit the head with the sole of your foot.

After the impact, extend your leg to remove your foot from their face. Bend your leg again to the chambered position. And you can finally go back to the basic stance.

Kizami-ura-mawashi-geri always goes to the head[jodan].

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

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

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