Roundhouse Kick - Tae Kwon Do

Roundhouse Kick - Tae Kwon Do

In this lesson you will learn how to do a tae kwon do roundhouse kick "Dolryu Chagi". "Dolryu" means round and "Chagi" stands for kick. For more tae kwon do instructions go to tae kwon do main.

Description: Roundhouse Kick - Tae Kwon Do

  • Lift the knee of your kicking leg and bring it forward up while you twist about 90 degrees on your other leg. (ball of the foot) If you kick with your back leg, the dolryu chagi is stronger. If you kick with your front leg, the kick is faster.
    PHASE 1 - when the knee is up.
  • Snap out the leg and hit with your ankle (straighten foot - be careful that you don't hit with your toes) Kick inward and higher then horizontal level. Twist another 90 degrees on the leg on which you are standing. Extend hips and keep one arm in front of you, in case you have to defend against an attack at the same time. The other hand is close to the chest.
    PHASE 2 - when the kicking leg is extended.
  • Bring back the kicking leg as soon as possible, before your opponent can grab your dolryu chagi. Move back to the position where you had your knee up, but don't move the foot the same way. (Go back in a straight line - That makes it harder for your opponent to grab your leg)
    PHASE 3 - When the knee is up (end of the dolryu chagi)
  • Put the kicking leg back onto the floor.

Trainer advice: Roundhouse Kick - Tae Kwon Do

  • Stretch your Splits
  • A good exercise for the mawashi geri is to stop 3 seconds in every phase of the kick.
  • Try to do many dolryu chagis without putting the kicking leg back sto the floor.