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Encyclopedia > Roundhouse kick
Thai-style roundhouse kicks used to attack low and high targets.
Thai-style roundhouse kicks used to attack low and high targets.
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A roundhouse kick (also known as a round kick or turning kick) is a kick in which the attacker swings his or her leg around in a semicircular motion, striking with the front of the leg or foot. This type of kick is utilized in many different martial arts and is popular in both non-contact and full-contact martial arts competitions. The kick has many variations based on stance, leg movement, striking surface, and the height of the kick. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 292 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (382 × 783 pixel, file size: 62 KB, MIME type: image/png) User-made scan of Field Manual 21-150 Combatives, which is approved for public release and unlimited distribution. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 292 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (382 × 783 pixel, file size: 62 KB, MIME type: image/png) User-made scan of Field Manual 21-150 Combatives, which is approved for public release and unlimited distribution. ... A taekwondo sidekick. ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ...

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Karate methods

Karate has many different methods of delivering their roundhouse kick (Mawashi geri). The original method involved bringing up the knee, and then swiftly turning the hip over and snapping the leg outwards from the knee to deliver a strike with the ball of the foot. The ball of the foot was believed to be more effective and less dangerous than other methods. Karate ) ( ) or karate-dō ) is a martial art that developed from a synthesis of indigenous Ryukyuan fighting methods and Chinese kempo [1]. Karate originally meant Te, or hand, i. ...


As the years have gone by, some Karate dojo also practice kicking roundhouse kick with the shin, another point of contact is with the instep (for safety).


There are now more and more karateka practicing the 'cutting roundhouse kick', this is where the karateka will lift their attacking leg higher than the intended target, they will then execute the kick in a downward cutting movement. A very effective method against the thigh.


This was later supplemented in Masutatsu Oyama's Kyokushin karate with a similar technique, using the instep and using more rotation of the hip, as well as sinking the weight of the kicker into the target, to create more bludgeoning power. The target of this kick was primarily the neck. Oyama also taught roundhouse kicks to the thigh and ribs, using the shin as the point of contact. Masutatsu Mas Oyama (大山倍達) (1923–1994), was a martial arts master who founded Kyokushinkai, a major style of full contact karate. ... Kyokushin is a style of stand-up, full contact karate, founded in 1964 by Masutatsu Oyama (大山倍達) who was born under the name Choi Yeong-Eui (최영의). Kyokushinkai is Japanese for the society of the ultimate truth. ...


Muay Thai method

As with many other Muay Thai techniques, the roundhouse kick has gained wide popularity due to its extensive use in mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions due to its effectiveness in inflicting damage to the opponent, as a properly executed roundhouse kick has been compared by many martial artists to being struck by a baseball bat. It is generally used in varying levels (low, middle, high) to inflict damage to different parts of the opponent's body. Low kicks generally target the thigh just above the knee joint for the purpose of weakening the leg, which serves many purposes such as limiting the opponent's mobility and potentially his ability to stand on the leg altogether. Middle kicks target the area above the hip bone and can damage the opponent's ribs and liver. High kicks target the opponent's head and have been responsible for numerous knockouts in competition. Sauki Muay Thai (IPA: [/muai32 32/]; Thai: ) (Thai Boxing) is the Thai name for a form of hard martial art practiced in several Southeast Asian countries including Thailand, Cambodia (where it is known as Pradal Serey), Malaysia (where it is known as Tomoi) and as a similar style in Myanmar... For the fighting style, see Hybrid martial arts. ... In humans the thigh is the area between the pelvis and buttocks and the knee. ... For other uses, see Knee (disambiguation). ... This article is about the bones called ribs. ... The liver is an organ present in vertebrates and some other animals. ...


There are several traits which give the Muay Thai Roundhouse a very different feel and look. The main methodological difference is that the hips are rotated into the kick in order to generate centrifugal force in the leg, and the abdominal muscles are strongly recruited in the act of rotation. Instead of a snapping kick, the combined action of the leg and hips creates a kick that is much more devoted to its momentum. The person delivering the kick will also raise up on the ball of his foot while he kicks, mainly to allow for greater pivoting/turning speed, and increased power. Muay Thai roundhouse kicks use the shin to make contact with the target instead of the ball or instep of the foot. This further adds to the power of the kick, as the shin is more durable than the foot. Sauki Muay Thai (IPA: [/muai32 32/]; Thai: ) (Thai Boxing) is the Thai name for a form of hard martial art practiced in several Southeast Asian countries including Thailand, Cambodia (where it is known as Pradal Serey), Malaysia (where it is known as Tomoi) and as a similar style in Myanmar... In anatomy, the hip is the bony projection of the femur which is known as the greater trochanter, and the overlying muscle and fat. ... Shin may refer to: Look up shin in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The practical difference is the objective of the kick. A standard karate or tae kwon do roundhouse kick has you snap your instep at your objective, but a Muay Thai roundhouse often uses the combined momentum of the snap and the speed of the leg to offer a faster and more powerful kick (albeit at the cost of control, in the opinion of some). Because the kick is executed with so much speed and power, a missed kick requires the kicker to either continue spinning a full 360 degrees back to their starting position, or to abandon the momentum of the kick in midair, at the risk of being off-balance or inviting a counterattack from his/her opponent. Karate ) ( ) or karate-dō ) is a martial art that developed from a synthesis of indigenous Ryukyuan fighting methods and Chinese kempo [1]. Karate originally meant Te, or hand, i. ... Taekwondo is the Korean national sport and martial art, and is also one of the worlds most commonly practiced sports. ...


Taekwondo method

The taekwondo roundhouse kick, originated from Taekyon (the world's first all-kicking art), is performed by first drawing the knee straight up in a "chamber" position. This chamber, identical to the chamber of many taekwondo kicks (front kick, side kick, etc.) is utilized so that the opponent cannot guess which kick will be thrown. This differentiates it from Muay Thai, karate, and other roundhouse kicks, which tend to incorporate rotation before or during the rising of the knee. The knee is then rotated so that it is nearly parallel to the ground (counterclockwise for the right leg roundhouse) and the kicking hip is simultaneously rotated towards the opponent. The rotation of the hip, combined with the snapping of the leg forward, gives the kick its power. The striking surface is the instep or the ball of the foot. This is also called an "off the line" or "rear leg" roundhouse kick. Taekwondo (also spelled tae kwon do or taekwon-do) is a martial art and combat sport originating in Korea. ...


A similar kick is the front leg roundhouse, or "fast kick." To begin the front leg roundhouse kick, the leading leg is drawn up vertically, then rotated and snapped towards the opponent in the manner described above. The fast kick version is done by skipping forward with the rear leg, moving the kicker towards the opponent while simultaneously chambering and snapping the front leg roundhouse. This method was used by early American full-contact karateka Bill Wallace, a student of taekwondo as well as karate, to extremely great effect. The front leg kick is generally weaker than the rear leg roundhouse because the hip does not rotate as far; however, it is also generally faster because the leg travels a shorter distance before striking the opponent. The "pop" kick is done without skipping. Bill Wallace (18 May 1949 - ) is an American martial artist, best known as Superfoot, the dominant kickboxer of the 1970s. ...


In popular culture

Roundhouse kicks were introduced to the West by the spread of Eastern martial arts. Possibly due to the move's combination of motion and power—the attacker spins fully around, which makes for a powerful-looking attack—it became a prerequisite feature in many fighting video games (either as a combination attack or a finishing move) and a common 'finishing move' in martial arts sequences in film and television. The latter case is best exemplified in Walker: Texas Ranger, in which the lead character (played by Chuck Norris) almost always defeated the episode's villain with a reverse roundhouse kick, inevitably to the head, shown twice from different angles. This would be incorporated to the Chuck Norris Facts meme, wherein Norris' Roundhouse Kick is shown as an almighty move, typically associated to him. In professional wrestling the roundhouse kick is often referred to as a shoot kick because of its association with shoot-style wrestlers. In Kamen Rider Kabuto, the titular superhero usually uses a roundhouse kick instead of the traditional flying kick while defeating his opponent in his Rider Form. Highly regarded as "The Greatest Women's Champion ever," former WWE Diva Trish Stratus used a roundhouse kick which she dubbed the Chick Kick. The kick to the face is impressive from Stratus, considering her petite 5'4" frame. Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ... This article is about computer and video games. ... Liu Kang after performing a 7-hit combo on Scorpion in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. ... Finishing moves in video games often involve the violent and gory death of the enemy it is performed upon. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Carlos Ray Chuck Norris (born on 10 March 1940) is an American martial artist, action star, Hollywood actor, and recently, an internet phenomenon, who is best known for playing Cordell Walker on Walker, Texas Ranger. ... Reverse roundhouse kick performed by Martial Artist Reverse Roundhouse kick, In Korean, dwit dollyo chagi Also known as Reverse Turning kick or Reverse Round kick. ... Chuck Norris Facts in Rolling Stone. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Shoot style is a form of professional wrestling in which strikes and holds are real and still, however the matches are still predetermined. ... Kamen Rider Kabuto , translated as Masked Rider Kabuto[1]) is a Japanese tokusatsu superhero television series. ... Kamen Rider Kabuto - Rider Form Kamen Rider Kabuto - Masked Form Kamen Rider Kabuto ) is the main protagonist of Kamen Rider Kabuto. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Trish Stratus (born Patricia Anne Stratigias[1] (IPA: ) on December 18, 1975 in Richmond Hill, Ontario), is a former Canadian fitness model and semi-retired professional wrestler. ...


See also

Reverse roundhouse kick performed by Martial Artist Reverse Roundhouse kick, In Korean, dwit dollyo chagi Also known as Reverse Turning kick or Reverse Round kick. ...

References

  • FREE Shotokan karate Resource (roundhouse kick video).
  • all-karate.com.
  • Pictoral guide of how to perform the roundhouse kick from gokarate.co.uk.
  • How to Do A Roundhouse Kick from wikiHow.com.
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  • Mas Oyama's Classic Karate at Amazon.com

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