How to Do a Spinning Back Kick in Martial Arts

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How to Do a Spinning Back Kick in Martial Arts
Do a Spinning Back Kick in Martial Arts
The spinning back kick is a handy move to know in the martial arts. When done correctly, it delivers a powerful blow with precision and a minimum of risk. The spinning back kick can also provide some much needed distance from an opponent if you are caught out of position.
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Instructions
1 Stand in a fighting stance. Hold your arms in front of you with fists clenched. Your legs should be shoulder-width apart with one leg a step ahead of the other. Weight should be evenly distributed between your feet. Focus your eyes on the exact spot on the target you want to hit.
2 Turn the foot on your lead leg so that the heel is facing your target. This may feel strange when you do it slowly, but when done quickly in a fluid motion, it will feel very natural. Get used to pointing your heel. This is important, because if your heel is out of line, then your kick will miss. Where you point your heel is where your kick will go. Your rear end should be turning toward your target as well. Keep your eyes on the target.
3 Shift your weight to your lead foot with the heel facing the target. Raise the knee of your other leg into the air. You are cocking it for the spinning back kick. Spin your head around to the other side and refocus on your target. This is the most important element of the spinning back kick. You absolutely must look at your target. If you can't see it, you can't hit it. Your back should now be facing your target. The weight shift, knee raise and head spin should all happen at the same time.
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