How To Do A Taekwondo Back Kick

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How To Do A Taekwondo Back Kick

This page provides free written and video instruction on how to perform a Taekwondo back kick. A back kick is a very powerful Taekwondo kick. It is a great counter kick if someone is charging you.

To learn other kicking techniques, please visit our Taekwondo Kicks section.

Instructions for a Taekwondo Back Kick

  • Start in your kicking stance. You will use your rear leg in this kick.
  • If you are in a right kicking stance, turn your body to the right until you are facing directly away from your target. During this movement, you should pivot on your left foot.
  • Continue turning to the right and look over your right shoulder (look at your target - you need to see what you are hitting). Lift your right knee to your chest (think of kicking like a mule).
  • Drive the heel of your foot straight back towards your opponent. Many kids have a hard time with this kick and do a mini-hook kick instead (as their leg turns with the body twist).
  • After hitting your target, quickly resume kicking stance so you can prepare for your next kick.
  • For more power, try stepping forward and then starting your back kick. You will gain more forward momentum.
  • Try to use in combination with other kicks (i.e. roundhouse kick and then a back kick).

Instructional Videos for Taekwondo Back Kicks

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