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Mikazuki Geri, Crescent kick


Mikazuki Geri, The Crescent KickMikazuki Geri is the crescent kick ...

that is, the foot describes an arc (a crescent!) to reach the opponent.

However, even if the trajectory of the foot is circular and reaches the opponent on the side, Mikazuki Geri is very different from Mawashi Geri.

First, there is a lot faster to run because much more direct. The kick also part of the hip, but there is no complete rotation of the body on the support leg, which greatly reduces the time of execution.

Then, as there is no rotation on the support leg, we remain facing the opponent and not aside as in Mawashi Geri.

Mikazuki geri, the crescent kick can be used to hit the opponent's flanks, or face, but can also be used to deflect guard or to block an attack.

Decomposition of Mikazuki Geri:

As with all techniques, the energy goes from the belly (the Hara) to trigger a pulse at the hips.

The support leg becomes very strong, as if it were used for cling to the ground and we " tire The other leg to make him describe an arc in the direction of the opponent.

You really have to feel to tear His foot from the ground into pulling With his stomach and clutching his support leg.

You raise your knee while pointing your sole in the direction of the target.

Then for the end of the movement, you must have the idea of ​​closure serving you adductors (powerful muscles located between the thighs).
Your foot hits the target sideways but there is no rotation of your body. On the contrary, at the moment of impact, the body closes on the support leg. Both legs work like a vise that tightens in one fell swoop.

If we draw a parallel with the arms, it's the same feeling as when you hit your hands. There is a difference between slapping a slap (cowboy slap type :-)) and hitting in his hands. Well, it's a bit the same difference between Mawashi Geri et Mikazuki Geri.

During the whole trajectory, the body does not turn, it pivots slightly but you stay in front of the opponent. The toes are turned upwards and one comes knocking with the underside of the foot.

What is important to remember is this idea of closing of the legs !

After the theory, practice : Time to warm up (But by the way, is it really useful to warm up? the answer on video!) and I'll find you right away for the training of Mikazuki Geri.

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  1. very good and nice kick, the lower it is, the height of the opponent's knee, the faster it is, the less effective with the front leg .. the strong pressure all the same on the support leg, wastes time for another shot away from behind, but a yoko is well appointed to the drop of the foot that makes mikazuki .. also do not miss his mikazuki ... I prefer so low ..

  2. Frédéric Maziere at

    to feel better in the postures it is necessary to work them as often as possible and for which become powerful, it requires a sacred work! the crescent moon kick can be a real asset! he can become a surprise attack and also a good defense against knives! it is also used in sweeping form, a real potential!
    the animals are an immense source of inspiration to find new riposte and attack!
    we must remain simple and react instinctively while being experienced by our research and our work on all forms of combat.

  3. It makes me think that the best thing is to feel like an animal: to feel natural in every posture possible - the most twisted, erected, twisted, unimaginable ...
    (and suddenly, why not?)
    I also believe that it is unavoidable, in every Martial Art ...

  4. GREAT.

    @Fabrice (as to the differences):
    "The martial art should not
    to be too small because to be considered in
    as such he must leave to the practitioner his
    own freedom. The basics of art, kata and rules
    should only be there to frame and
    to acquire a base.
    From this base / the practitioner / must find his own
    path that best suits his morphology, his
    personality, his emotional state ... The
    best example is certainly that of
    Chinese wushu or student is brought to create his
    own figures, the figures "taos" being there only
    to give it a basis. "
    ("The Art of the Way", quoted on this site by Bruno ...)

  5. really your courses are very relevant but unfortunately I connect in one and videos are criptés.Naissmoins thank you for detailed explanations

  6. I used it during my shodan (which I got) for the hey sandan bunkai. Foot kick very interesting, I will try a fight, I saw that it was effective after Fabrice. A +

  7. In fact a mikazuki is nothing but an aschi barai jodan, the trajectory must be as direct as possible and the change of direction at the end.
    The blow of the closing is a good explanation but it is not necessary to open during the phase of arming.
    On my video I show when my partner puts a resistance, if I am odds, we are not in a good muscular diagram, the departure of mikatzuki is identical to the mae geri, it is the difference between what you show. That says when you do it quickly on the left especially, you do not do too much the fault.

  8. Fabrice Morel at

    Excellent! I love this kick. I use it often in combat. He always surprises the opponent. I think it's one of the easiest kicks to execute. On the other hand in blocking it is a little delicate. Yet it seems to be its primary function.

  9. Good evening Bruno, sure the mikazukigerie in kata heian sandan we can present a variant from ryoken koschi gamae, we hit mikazuki-geri or fumikomi then empi uke then uraken uchi so to tell you that in this kata there is mikazuki left side !!

    Sorry Bruno, I hope you will not be angry ?? !!

    Ouss !! Olivier the Alsatian.

    • Hi Johnny,

      I thank you for this additional video. It's true that it's executed differently than Bruno. But finally, there is so much way to make the same movement in Karate. I also wonder if there are not as many karates as practitioners. For that I recognize all the talent of Master Nishiyama as much as it holds.

    • Hello Johnny,

      No, I had not seen this video yet, thanks for the link.
      @Fabrice, I do not see why you say I do it differently from Johnny? On the contrary, I think that we are doing exactly the same Mikazuki Geri and that we explain it a little differently, that's all.
      He also insists on the difference with rotation and also explains that the closing movement is at the last moment. Apart from the fact that I steer my foot to the opponent from the beginning which tends to move my knee outward and rounded a little the trajectory of my foot, I do not see too much of differences.
      @Johnny, if you can give me an analysis and tell me if you see big differences with my way of working Mikazuki Geri, I'm interested.

      Thank you and good day,

      • Fabrice Morel at

        Hello Bruno,

        I'm sorry, I probably had a bad time. In fact, I thought Johnny's Mikazuki-geri was different because it seemed to me on his video to perform it with a higher knee.
        Therefore he seemed to deploy his leg later than yours. It may be simply because he is more flexible than you.
        This difference in perception probably stems from the fact that I misunderstood the movement of a Mikazuki-geri.
        I think that depending on the moment the leg is deployed, the kick is not the same and does not have the same efficiency.
        But finally it is only my personal appreciation. Forgive my ignorance, I am only blue belt with an experience of hardly 2 years. I only want to understand.

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