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The Low Back Kick (instructional video)

The low back kick is a very effective technique for stopping an assailant who grabs you from behind.

For maximum effectiveness, use the heel of your foot to make contact with the front or side of the assailant’s knee.

How to perform:
  1. Start in a neutral stance with the assailant (target) behind you.

  2. Hold your hands slightly above and in front of your head (protecting your face without blocking your vision) and clench your fists.

  3. Twist your torso to the rear to see the assailant’s knee.

  4. Flex your foot as you raise your knee in front of you. 

  5. Lean forward and strike the heel of your foot diagonally downward, making contact with the front (or side) of the assailant’s knee.

  6. Drive through their knee upon making contact with it.  

  • Keep your hands up when you turn around.

  • Look before kicking.

  • Do Not raise the foot of your base leg off the ground (can causes loss of balance).

  • Drive the heel of your foot (not the ball of your foot) into the assailants knee.

  • Practice slowly with a partner (touch contact).

  • Drill it hard on a heavy bag (or other padded surface).

Below is a tutorial on how to perform this technique.

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The Low Back Kick

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