The Spinning Back Kick is probably the most powerful linear kick that you can throw. If you ever need to kick down a door, this is the kick you would use! Here’s a handful of some common mistakes that people make when throwing this kick. Side step these mistakes and your Spinning Back Kick will be more powerful and you’ll land it more successfully.
1) Not crossing the line for the Spinning Back Kick
If you imagine an invisible line that both you and your opponent share, it’s imperative that when you execute your Spinning Back Kick that you cross that line with your lead foot so that you can perfectly land your Kick. It’s a common mistake for Kickboxers to just turn their lead leg to set it up. While it’s critical that you turn your lead leg, it’s also essential for you to cross the line with your lead leg so that Back Kick has a higher percentage of landing on your opponent.
2) Not aiming with your planted foot.
You need to aim your Kick with the placement of your planted foot. In sparring, most people just throw the Spinning Back Kick with no way of aiming the kick. It’s a total shot in the dark. What you want to do is use the heel and big toe of your planted foot to draw a straight line to your target. Only then will you have a high likelihood of landing the kick. By aiming with your planted foot, your Spinning Back Kick will be so accurate that you’ll be able to throw it without even looking at the target!
3) Not taping your knee.
Most Spinning Back Kicks turn into Heel Hook Kicks or Wheel Kicks. That’s because you’re not chambering your knee and not driving your foot in a straight line when you kick. The best way to ensure that your Spinning Back Kick stays straight is to tap your kicking foot to your knee. This is a simple training method to that’ll give you the proper physical cue that you’re kick is being thrown properly.