Mawashigeri – Karate Roundhouse Kick

Mawashigeri instructional videos

Mawashigeri is a circular kick.

When you execute Mawashigeri for basics, use the following way and either step back into left stance or step through into right stance after kicking.

Every kick has these general key points

  • Pull your heel in as you raise the knee on centre line
  • Keep your body straight
  • Float your Kamae
  • Apply Hikiashi after you kick

Mawashigeri has three specific key points

  • Twist your hips
  • Pivot on your supporting leg
  • Kick from the side
Chudan Mawashigeri with the ball of the foot

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how to practise mawashigeri in basics

The Digi Dojo - Keri Waza - Kamae

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The Digi Dojo - Keri Waza - Raise knee

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The Digi Dojo - Keri Waza - Mawashigeri

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Should you use the instep or the ball of the foot?

Both. Usually the instep is used for beginners. The instep is not only easier, but also more popular. The ball of the foot is more traditional, yet more difficult to use. 

The Digi Dojo - Shiyobui - Josokutei

The instep can be used to attack various parts of the body. Josokutei is a part of the body which can reach long distance and is also easily used for chudan, jodan and gedan attacks. Don’t limit yourself to competition rules, haisoku is very useful for kicking the inside or outside of the knee or upper leg. It can even be used to sweep. 

The Digi Dojo - Shiyobui - Koshi

Use the ball of the foot to attack various parts of the body. An important note is that the angle of the ankle has not so much to do with the target, but rather with the angle of which you contact the target. For basic training of Mawashigeri, bend the ankle and bend the toes upwards. Experiment using a streched ankle when doing Maegeri or a slightly bend ankle when doing Sunegeri.

different ways to practise mawashigeri

If you analyse Mawashigeri, you can see that Mawashigeri consists of various different elements, which have to work smoothly in synchronism. However, you might have a certain difficulty with a specific element of Mawashigeri.

It's extremely beneficial to isolate certain movement, being able to focus on that without any kind of distraction. Distraction means other elements that require your attention like balance, twisting, foot pivoting... etcetera.

The extension of the leg for example, is obviously one of the elements. Here's how you can practise the leg extension WITHOUT any distraction.

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shiho mawashigeri

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key points and demonstration of mawashigeri


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how to defend against mawashigeri

Mawashigeri is easier to catch than Maegeri - simply due to the nature of the kick. Or perhaps better verbalised: the trajectory. Key is to use Ten I to diminish the impact and position yourself correctly. If you manage that, it's go time.

catch his leg this way

The second you catch his Mawashigeri you are at an advantage. BUT you have to know what to do, else your opponent will use it to his advantage. 

catch his leg that way

As always there are variations which lead to different options - just like this one.

variations of mawashigeri uke

This video contains lots of Mawashigeri Uke, including takedows, locks and other stuff that I used to be crazy about 10 years ago. If you're looking to try something different or teach a class on Mawashigeri - watch this one.

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