Hi! My name is Gordon White, I run the Blue Wave Taekwondo branch in Burlington Vermont. If you are interested in The Blue Wave Taekwondo Schools, please visit our Web site: The Blue Wave Taekwondo Association

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Back Kick!

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 ".


Heidi said...

Great Blog Master White, it's great to see these techniques in action. Will you be posting any specific training drills?

Gordon White said...

Thanks! My hope with the "fight footage" is that people can see the technique applied, I have some more recent footage of some blue wave students I am going to use as well. There is only so much "dinosaur era" footage I have.

I hope to (as time goes on), incorporate "drills" as well as techniques. There are a couple of video clips that show target drills but I want to expand that and make it a bit more in depth and useful for instructors.

Thanks for the comment!


John Vesia said...

The back kick is probably the strongest kick of all, especially the spin-around version. Those kicks are the reasons TKD players wear chest guards.

Somebody once pointed out that the more you look over your shoulder performing the spin, the more likely it becomes a side kick (as opposed to a back kick). I could never really get it so my toes are pointed down for the spin-around back - my version actually resembles a spinning hook kick, which likely takes alot of the power from the movement.

Colin Wee said...

Gordon, check out Taekwondo Won-hyo: Side Kick. That particular post ranks most highly for direct traffic off the search engines. If you'd like, you might gain more traffic if you post something there (like this post you had on the back kick) comparing the development of the back kick from the side and spinning side. You migth want to add a link to the appropriate spot on your blog too! :-) Hope it helps. Colin