In Olympic Sparring matches, a well timed back kick is always a crowd pleaser. It is difficult to perform, exciting to watch, and a powerful kick.
The development of back kick can be traced from side kick and spinning side kick. Because of the fast nature of Olympic sparring, the spinning side kick was often too slow. The kick was modified so that the kicking leg traveled very close to the standing leg, and straight back (with toes down), rather then coming around from the side like a typical side kick.
Here is the first of a 3 part series of Back Kicks.
Counter Back Kick: From defensive position, the kicker holds their ground, or adjusts backwards as the attacker approaches. Timing is crucial, and the kick is best executed as the attacker turns towards the defender (typically) attacking with the rear leg to the open (front) side. Note: Counter Back Kick is often done with a jump.
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Counter Back Kick
Stay tuned for posts on "Trapping Back Kick" and "High Section Back Kick ".