Yoko Geri Kekomi - Karate

Karate - Yoko Geri Kekomi

The yoko geri kekomi is a high karate kick, where you lift your leg in front of you and then thrust out the foot sideways. The opponent is hitten with the heel. The foot, the hips and the shoulders form a bow. Yoko means "side", geri means "kick" and kekomi stands for thrusted. This is probably the most popular karate kick. You can find more karate instructions on karate main.

Description: Yoko Geri Kekomi - Karate

  • Lift the kicking leg in front of you, so that the foot stands 90 degrees to the kicking direction and the knee is over hip hight. Twist on the ball of your other foot.
  • Thrust out the foot sideways and hit the opponent with the heel of your foot. Toes point down slightly. Now the foot, the hips and tha shoulders should form a bow when viewed from above or from the side. Keep your hands in a defensive position.
  • Then bring the foot back the same way (to where the knee was lifted in front of you)
  • And step down again (back to fighting stance).

Trainer advice: Yoko Geri Kekomi - Karate

  • Practice the yoko geri kekomi in 3 phases.
    1st - lift leg in front of you
    2nd - thrust out foot
    3rd - bring back the leg to where the knee was lifted.
  • Another good method to practice the yoko geri is to hold on a tree or something with your left hand and kick with the right leg.
  • Also try to hold the sidekick for a few seconds.

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