The defensive back kick – There are generally two ways to approach it.

1️⃣- You circle around a linear attack as a counter or

2️⃣- You put your back kick directly in line of the space between you and the opponent. ⠀⠀
For the second approach. You need to have the correct spacing to get this kick off. This means the distance and timing are key.

Besides this you also need your kicking knee to be almost facing the floor to get this straight line kick. The closer you can get the heel to the backside the more you can get away with in terms of space.

If your heal is far from your own body your distance and spacing must be extremely precise. This type of back kick is best against an oncoming opponent.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The circular approach is usually a counter attack to a straight line kick generally where you time it correctly to spin the kick.

This is actually a tough skill especially at the high level. Precision is so important in terms of timing. If you get it half a second wrong, you will probably get hit yourself.

The angle of the knee here changes for this kick which also impacts the heel.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🔑 Knowing when and why to use a technique is what’s important. This is when techniques become skills, being able to apply them based on the specific requirements of the situation.

Even though these two kicks are the same, they are very different. If we dig in even further, even the same technique is never the exact same even by the same athlete. The situation and environment can never be the exact same.

🚩 We need to be able to use skills not techniques. So now you should ask, what is a skill?? Why/How does this skill work? Not what worked! The what is easy, the application of skill development comes from “why”.

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