Spinning Back Kick Tutorial - Learn The Spinning Back Kick In Six Steps

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Step 1 of the Spinning Back Kick

Dean Meier of Seymour Martial Arts in a fighting stance. Robert Rousseau

Dean Meier, 4th dan in Tang Soo Do, Master Instructor, and owner of Seymour Martial Arts in Seymour, Connecticut, starts off this spinning back kick tutorial in a fighting stance.

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Step 2 of the Spinning Back Kick

Dean Meier of Seymour Martial Arts demonstrates step two of the spinning back kick. Robert Rousseau

Sa Bom Dean Meier shifts his front foot over to the right slightly and points it back on a near 45 degree angle toward the back wall, readying for the spinning portion of the kick. If he were facing an opponent, that leg would slide outside of his adversary's lead leg. He continues to look at his target and keeps his hands up.

Sa Bom Meier chooses to stay on the toes of his shifting foot. This is an often utilized strategy. Other styles/practitioners choose to keep that foot grounded more.

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Step 3 of the Spinning Back Kick

Dean Meier of Seymour Martial Arts demonstrates step three of the spinning back kick. Robert Rousseau

Sa Bom Dean Meier turns his body in a clockwise direction and whips his head around quickly so that he can see his target. He is readying to launch off of his left foot into the technique.

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Step 4 of the Spinning Back Kick

Dean Meier of Seymour Martial Arts demonstrates step four of the spinning back kick. Robert Rousseau

Sa Bom Dean Meier brings his right knee up and shifts his weight onto his left leg. It is important to bring the knee up, as many newer practitioners tend to forget this step and just launch from a standing position.

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Step 5 of the Spinning Back Kick

Dean Meier of Seymour Martial Arts demonstrates step five of the spinning back kick. Robert Rousseau

Though for tutorial purposes this kick is broken down into discrete movements, the reality is that steps four and five tend to meld together as momentum is one of the keys in a good spinning back kick. In this step, Sa Bom Dean Meier continues to rotate his body, leans back in order to keep his balance, and drives the heel of his foot into an imaginary attacker.

The spinning back kick targets the body or hips. It is important to make sure that the toes do not point up upon impact.

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Step 6 of the Spinning Back Kick

Dean Meier of Seymour Martial Arts retracts his leg. Robert Rousseau

After the kick has made impact, Sa Bom Dean Meier retracts his leg.

Thanks to Dean Meier, Master Instructor at Seymour Martial Arts, for illustrating this technique.

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Martial Arts Styles That Utilize the Spinning Back Kick

Sa Bom Meier is a Tang Soo Do practitioner, which is a style known for its kicking artistry.  Other styles teach the spinning back kick, though not always in the same manner as Tang Soo Do.  Check out some of the styles that teach their own version of this powerful kick below.

Goju Ryu Karate

Karate

Kenpo Karate

Kung Fu

Kyokushin Karate

Muay Thai

Shotokan Karate

Tae Kwon Do

Tang Soo Do