Crane kick

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The crane kick is a fictionalized version of the Mae tobi geri (Japanese: 前飛蹴). The move was created by Darryl Vidal for the classic film The Karate Kid (1984).[1][2] The move is taught by the character Mr. Miyagi to Daniel LaRusso in the penultimate scene with his arch rival Johnny Lawrence. The move involves a one-legged karate stance and launches into a flying jumping kick.[3] The movie became synonymous with Karate in the United States and helped popularize the martial art in the United States.

MMA[edit]

The move's effectiveness and practicality has been questioned by critics but has been used effectively in Mixed Martial Arts, most notably by Lyoto Machida.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "30 Sweeping Facts About The Karate Kid". 4 August 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  2. ^ Writer, NELSY RODRIGUEZ - Staff. "MURRIETA: Karate kid kicker teaching kids the art". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  3. ^ Powell, Larry; Garrett, Tom (20 December 2013). "The Films of John G. Avildsen: Rocky, The Karate Kid and Other Underdogs". McFarland. Retrieved 25 December 2017 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Hodges, Mike. "Brazilian Karate Coach Says Machida's Crane Kick Is "Most Difficult to Land"". Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  5. ^ Mahlmann, Andrew. "UFC 129: Are You Karate Kidding Me? Lyoto Machida Crane Kicks Randy Couture". Retrieved 25 December 2017.