Ushiro Geri Back Kick

Ushiro geri is an extremely powerful kick, if done well! If done poorly, it can be disastrous.

Starting from a left leg in front fighting stance (kamae)
1. Keep the upper body and arms completely still and lift the kicking foot (right) to the back of the left knee.
2. Keep the supporting leg bent and pivot strongly around clockwise 180 degrees
3. As the hip comes around, drive them into the target, try not to over rotate the hips.
4. The kick should hit the target at exactly the same time as the hips are finishing the rotation and push towards the target.
5. Recover the kicking leg strongly and step forward into a right leg in front fighting stance (kamae).
6. Then repeat on the opposite leg

Requirements for our 3rd Kyu examination are two back kicks moving forward slowly and then turn and then two back kicks moving back slowly. Then repeat again at full speed. If you have injuries work around them.

Click here for a really good ushiro geri exercise to stop you over rotating on the kick.

We hope you found this ushiro geri tutorial useful.

This shotokan kick is one of the requirements for the EIKA 3rd Kyu test.

Check out our shotokan community membership, we have karateka from all over the world joining.

We are a non political group of shotokan enthusiasts and welcome new members with open arms, whether they are experienced karateka belonging to a Dojo, or brand new to the art of shotokan karate.

If you are new to karate, why not give our free course a go? It can be found at the bottom of this page.

Linden Huckle

About the author

Linden Huckle has been practicing and teaching karate for over 50 years and believes first and foremost, karateka should enjoy their karate. He says 'there is nothing better than seeing a person develop into a great person through their karate practice, while at the same time enjoying karate.'

Linden Huckle