Regular and Heel Kicks Backwards


Technique Review September 19, 2018

Shalom everyone, welcome to this week’s technique review. This time kicking backwards. What type of kicks? The circular ones.

Video transcript

Shalom everyone, welcome to this week’s technique review. This time kicking backwards. What type of kicks? The circular ones. We remember we’ve got straight attacks and circular attacks. If we look at the legs, we’ve got the stomping actions that are the straight attacks. We’ve got the snap type of actions which are the regular kicks. Regular kick forward, roundhouse kick forward, this motion with the knee it’s like a hammer strike. That’s what are the comparison for the hand strikes. When we look at kicking backwards with the legs at the different distances, we see that it looks a little bit like the position looks like this one, meaning like the upper cut. It can be longer motions. Something like this or shorter motions, something like that.

When we look at the first, it is the regular kick backwards. We’ve been talking about this. This is the regular curriculum. I’ll just remind you that we are talking about the different ranges. We can attack close range with the heel or even with the foot. But the basic and the more stronger one, is with the heel. In order to attack well with the heel, you’ve got the toes down. Toes down, and you don’t turn too much. If you’re turning too much, the hip turn, the heel goes out, and then you are not hitting with the heel. You’re hitting with the side of the foot, not so powerful, even vulnerable sometimes it will make you. Regular kick backwards, the uppercut kick, the close range, medium range, it’s range of the hammer strike. The knees rather bent and longer that you could not reach with the hand, but you can definitely reach with the leg.

If we need to do any type of advance, whether you do sliding, or you do the stomping step, crossing, we are reaching the goal of covering distance. Now when you look at the regular kick forward. When you tilt it, change the angle, you’ve got the roundhouse kick. The roundhouse kick is passing well the target. Usually landing after target, that’s basic of course. If we see much impact, it would be reasonable to return, because the pressure with the quad is throwing your leg backwards. If we do relax a little bit, this pressure, we will be able to move in and continue striking with the hands work. If this impact is sending us so much backwards, we are a bit in a longer distance again.

Then we have power to the regular and the roundhouse kick. We have backwards, the regular, and the heel kick, or that roundhouse kick backwards. This one. This kick usually you are aiming the backside of the heel like in the regular kick backwards. Starting from side position or backwards with target, that is the idea. Doing impact, we have to contract the hamstrings a bit, bending the knee a bit. It accelerates and gives more energy to the attack itself. From here look, starting from a sideways position, crossing with the legs, turning the hips a little bit back towards the target, and while kicking entering and rotating the body, and turning the body, so we have momentum in the turning towards the target. Makes the kick stronger. Yes, obviously strong kick stops me from turning. If I miss, then I will be turning easily towards the target.

Even this technique, you can do it at different ranges. I can do this technique at the distance of the hand. For example, like in the upper cut, more or less kick, I can do this one here. It can go towards solar plexus, floating ribs, even somewhere into the thigh, creates rather much pain and destructive effect. These are the backwards kick and the different variations of it. Eventually the heel kick backwards, what we call, or the roundhouse kick backwards. That can be done while turning into the target with the appropriate movement with the legs, like as I showed the crossing of the legs, or this can be even done with spinning.

Quite famous in all the martial arts is spinning kicks. If you look at the competing styles like the Olympic Tae Kwon Do, of course other styles too, and noncompeting too, like Krav Maga. We do have spinning attacks. With Krav Maga the main reason for spinning attacks is because you move one direction and the enemy moves the other direction. For example, imagine visualize, that’s my enemy, and I’m trying to kick the enemy, and the enemy deflects me, and now I’m in turning process. Should I return against him or should I continue? Definitely very reasonable to continue.

Whether I continue with a kick, or I continue with the strike that I showed before. How long according to the distance to the range, you will use what is needed. For spinning attacks, yes, definitely we have them in Krav Maga out of a need. They need these whether I was deflected and turned, or I missed and I turned. The enemy goes behind, for example, that’s really when I need spinning to catch the opponent when he goes behind me some more here. That’s the idea. So thank you for listening. Be careful but train much.  All the best. Ciao.

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