Kyoshi's Technique of the Week

Thought/Technique Archive

Technique of the Week (June 24th, 2007)

From Kyoshi David Baker,
Chief Operating Officer
Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu Karate USA


Back kick (Ushiro-geri)

Basic description:

Sight first.

Strike with the bottom of the heel and the outer, bottom edge of the foot (the same striking surface as in nihanchi stomp), while pressing rearward with the heel.

The kick is delivered with the foot vertical. To ensure that the foot does not turn horizontal at the end, do not lock out the knee upon full extension of the kick, but keep it slightly bent. The lower leg, once it is raised, remains horizontal throughout the kick.

Make sure that the leg does not lift out to the side because that will structurally weaken the alignment of the kick and it will turn the foot horizontal. Instead, keep the leg directly beneath the height of the hip throughout the kick.

Also, the knee is not raised in front of the body as it is for all of our forward kicks, but rather 1) the entire leg stays below the hip, 2) the foot remains behind the hip, as 3) the foot comes up and outward in that rounded right angle that we use for all our kicks:

Finally, make sure you don’t lean forward when you kick, but remain upright.

As with all techniques, it takes many repetitions to execute effectively. Don’t be discouraged by your first several attempts.

Domo arigato gozaimasu,
Kyoshi David Baker,
Chief Operating Officer
Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu Karate USA
founded by Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro
under the direction of Hanshi Robert Scaglione
New York, NY • USA