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The Reverse Roundhouse Kick or Ushiro Mawashi Geri to the knee is a highly effective combat move. It is much like the forward MAWASHI GERI, except that it is applied to an opponent approaching from behind.
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EXECUTING THE REVERSE ROUNDHOUSE KICK OR USHIRO MAWASHI GERI TO THE KNEE
The reverse roundhouse kick is executed much like the forward roundhouse kick, except that it is used against an opponent approaching from behind. Instead of whirling the body forward to gain momentum, you whirl the body backwards. While you are doing this, you fold the leg to utilize the muscles of the thighs, and then you thrust out powerfully at the knee of the opponent, using the force of gravity to increase the power of your kick as well. This means that you must put the weight of your entire body behind the kick. When this kick is delivered in this way, a ten-year-old child could break the knee of a full-grown man. This kick is an excellent self defense move to use against an attacker armed with a close range weapon, such as a knife, as the body tends to lean away from the opponent as you deliver the kick.
As with the regular mawashi roundhouse kick to the knee, the reverse roundhouse kick can also be delivered by rising slighltly into the air to put even more bodyweight behind the blow - if you do this, make sure you move quickly and with adequate control.
USES OF THE REVERSE ROUNDHOUSE KICK OF USHIRO MAWASHI GERI TO THE KNEE
The effect of this kick, if applied successfully, is generally to disable the opponent. If applied to the front of the opponent’s knee, it usually results in a broken joint. If applied to the side of the opponent’s knee it will result in a dislocated knee. Though the opponent will be disabled, and in great pain, he could still be dangerous. He might cut at you with a knife or grab your leg. If you are in combat against multiple attackers, you would be well advised to take out such a disabled attacker with one of the ground finishing moves that you will taught later in your training.
A CRUCIAL POINT TO REMEMBER
One crucial point to remember when using this or any other combat move, is never to strike just once. Strike repeatedly, again and again, until the opponent is visibly damaged. One blow may not cause enough damage to put the opponent down, but several blows in sequence, certainly can.
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