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round kick stage 1

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(Goyararu Martial Arts,
Birmingham, West Midlands)

Goya-Ra-Ru Martial Arts - Technical Resource

Classical Round Kick

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How to perform the kick

1. Facing forward, lift the thigh of the rear leg to the side of the body with the knee pointing out to the side.

2. Following on immediately from this, swiftly perform the following movements, simultaneously ending at the same time:
(a) rotate the thigh around so that the knee points forward,
(b) extend (straighten) the leg out,
(c) rotate the hips forward by rotating on the supporting foot.

(Classically, the ball of the foot is the striking weapon.)

3. Retract the leg back, momentarily keeping knee pointing forwards to act as a guard.

4. Return the foot to the ground form a stable posture.

Try to avoid:

a) Extending or recoiling the leg with the knee lower than the ankle.
b) Striking with the toes (risking a break) or top of foot (hyper-extending the ankle).
c) Cutting short the initial lift to the side.
d) Waving the arms around.
e) Lifting up high onto the ball of the supporting foot in an effort to gain height. This affects the stability of the technique.
f) Looking all around (at the floor etc.)
g) Hesitating after the initial lift and losing the momentum of the lower limb.

Hints and tips:

It is also advisable to practice positioning the hands into a suitable guard position.

When performing the kick free-in-air, it may help to pull back the forward arm to act as a counter balance to prevent 'overshooting'. Note that this is not required when striking a solid target as the impact itself provides the backward force. However, this upper body counter balance movement could in theory be used to stop the body from continuing to turn should the kick actually miss!

Care should also be taken not to hyper-extend the knee joint when performing this kick free-in-air.

For combat, the shin can also be used as the striking weapon.

Freestyle Variant:

For semi-contact style competition, power may be sacrificed for speed and the 'round' tragectory of the foot made much shorter.

a) The thigh need not be brought up to the side of the body as in the classical version. Instead, just bring the leg up so that the knee faces towards the target.
b) No hip rotation is needed (except perhaps to aid with kicking higher).
c) Where contact is light, the top of the foot can be used as the striking area.
d) The kick is delivered from the forward leg.

Foot positions:

Classical round kick

Freestyle round kick
(low power only!)

cf. Classical front kick

cf. Classical side kick

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