Learn Karate's Mawashi Geri (or Roundhouse Kick)

Black Belt Wiki is a free martial arts wiki. We will help you with Shotokan Kata, Taekwondo Forms, Kicks, Punches, Grappling, Aikido, Goju-Ryu, Krav Maga, Bo Staff, Kyokushin, Terminology, etc. This wiki will also improve your martial arts agility, balance, conditioning, flexibility, speed, strength, etc. We hope that you will help others by adding some info to this wiki. Page Date - 23 Apr 2015 16:30

Learn Karate's Mawashi Geri (or Roundhouse Kick)

This page provides details on how to do a Mawashi Geri (or Karate roundhouse kick). The Maswashi Geri (or roundhouse kick) is a standard kumite (sparring) kick. To see how other martial arts teach and use a front kick, please visit the main Front Kick section.

For additional Karate kicking techniques, visit our main Karate Kicks page.

In the vast majority of Karate schools, this kick is taught where you strike the target with the top of your foot with toes pointed down. In a small number, it is taught in a second way where the toes are curled back (like in Mae Geri). This is usually taught in schools where there is an emphasis on conditioning of the feet.


  • As with the vast majority of techniques, the first movement is to change block, this mean to swap your block, either to act as a softener or a pre-emptive strike to knock opponent back
  • Then, to create posture to quickly produce a round house kick, the front foot is twisted slightly outwards
  • From here your body will naturally twist when you raise your back foot and have all your weight on the twisted foot
  • The raised foot should be bent at the knee and flick out and back as fast as possible (With either the flat of the foot, or the toes curled back and the ball of the foot exposed)
  • Place the attacking foot back on floor landing in stance

The key point with the kick is speed, this will generate power, and targeting depends on the version being used, so if top of the foot, this is best used to top of leg to deaden the leg, and if toes curled back, it is better used to ribs as an example.

Shotokan Karate Instructional Video on Mawashi Geri (Roundhouse Kicks)

Kawaga Sensei Demonstrating Mawashi Geri (Roundhouse Kicks)

Please support this free martial arts wiki
by buying your martial arts books & gear via the Amazon links below.

At no extra cost to you, Black Belt Wiki receives a small commission on any purchases made through the links in this section. This helps us to pay our website expenses & expand this free wiki.
Thank you for your support!!!

Latest Martial Arts Pages Added to Black Belt Wiki

Martial Arts Video of the Month

New Cobra Kai movie trailer added to wiki on 3/3/18.

The Karate Kid movie is being made into a sequel called "Cobra Kai". This will be a series on Youtube that stars the original Karate Kid "combatants" Ralph Macchio (Daniel) and William Zabka (Johnny).

Do you give this new Cobra Kai show a thumbs up or thumbs down?

If you want to learn more about Cobra Kai,
you should read this Rotten Tomatoes editorial.

You can also follow us on
Twitter or Facebook.

Material on this wiki may not be copied or reproduced without the written approval of Black Belt Wiki.
All rights reserved. For other terms & conditions, please read our legal disclaimer. This site is for informational purposes only. All martial arts techniques and fitness exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. If you have had an injury or are in pain, please see a doctor before starting or continuing any martial arts and/or physical fitness program.