Published On: Sat, Jun 8th, 2013

The perfect Karate side kick – Yoko Geri

Side Snap and Side Thrust Kick

There are several kicks in Karate, the side kick is one of the basic ones but one of the most effective weapons in most martial arts. It is one of the kicks you will learn when you are a white and yellow belt. The side kick can be taught from a fighting stance or even a horse stance.

Side Snap Kick (Yoko Geri Keage) and Side Thrust Kick (Yoko Geri Kekomi)

Steps to master the side kick in karate

  • To execute this kick follow these steps:
  • Begin in a horse stance, fell parallel and knees bent a little.
  • Your arms you be chambered, elbows bent and hand up at all times.
  • Bring your knee up as high as possible then flex your right foot so the heel points to the ground.
  • Pivot your toes away and point your heel towards your opponent.
  • Raise your hip.
  • Now throw your kick extending your leg to the target.
  • Keep your eyes on the target.
  • Bring your knee and leg back.
  • Get back to your starting stance.

As you master this kick you will be able to add a few extra moves such as crossing, jumping… As you get more flexible you can also aim higher, you will not only need to stretch your legs but also your hips.

About the Author


Peter A Soto is a Martial Artist with more than 20 years training all kinds of Martial Arts styles such as Kenpo Karate, Japanese Karate, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Tang Soo Do, Kung Fu, Krav Maga… He is also a Certified High School Teacher in the State of California, he was also a Fulbright Teacher by the Department of Education of the United States of America.