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.


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]


  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.