In this article, we will cover those double kicks that involve using two legs. As you will see, these kicks involve lifting one leg, delivering a kick, planting this leg in some meaningful manner, and then lifting the second leg to kick.
Mae Geri – Mae (Ashi) Geri
When faced with an opponent who is either moving directly toward or away from you then you might employ two front kicks using opposite legs. Both legs generally strike the same opponent (though naturally, you could envision a scenario involving more than one opponent).
There are several possible ways in which these two successive kicks might be employed. Each assumes a slightly different scenario.
Firstly, if the opponent is coming toward you then the Front Leg can be used in an attempt to keep the opponent at a distance. This leg can be returned such that it moves to angle 6 or 8 (depending on which leg you are using) to essentially step backward, making the opposite leg the Front Leg. Now kick again with a Mae Ashi Geri using this new Front Leg to further retard the forward movement of your opponent. This would be more technically a Mae Ashi Geri – Mae Ashi Geri combination.
Secondly, for an opponent staying in the same location but advancing slightly, you might kick first with a Mae Geri using the Back Leg and then, upon returning this leg, kick with Mae Ashi Geri using the Front Leg. This second kick is then essentially a checking maneuver to ensure the attacker does not advance following your first kick.
Thirdly, for an opponent in retreat you might strike with a Mae Geri, step forward with this kicking leg, and then use a Mae Geri with the new Back Leg. This does not work well with an opponent either in full retreat or who does not retreat in a straight line. In these cases your second kick will generally miss, leaving you overextended and out of position (you will see this happening in Kumite all the time). Do not use the second kick if it is unlikely to make contact with your opponent.
The last one we will discuss (you can easily find others) is to kick first with a Mae Ashi Geri, return this leg to its original position, and then kick with a Mae Geri using the Back Leg. This works if the first kick causes your opponent to back off a little, allowing ample space for delivery of the second kick.
In all of these scenarios, both kicks must be return briskly (using Disproportionality), your guard must remain up, and you must remain erect and in both good posture and good balance.
Nido Mikazuki Geri
Both legs are involved in the performance of this kicking combination. The Front Leg performs an Ura Mikazuki Geri and then, in its typical application, the Back Leg performs a Mikazuki Geri, typically focused on the same target – though in Tensoku Ryu any other target is always a possibility.
The first kick may return the leg to any number of locations depending on the distance of your opponent and whether or not the person is moving (in, out, left, and/or right). For example, if the opponent is closing then the first leg is likely to step back to angle 8 or 2 (or 6 or 2 if using the right leg). This provides room and helps reduce the risk of having the second kick jammed by the opponent. If the opponent is stepping back or is at some distance away, then the Front Leg may step forward (to 5 or 1, or 7 or 1) so that the second kick can remain in range.
Let’s assume you start with your right leg back. If the opponent is closing, you could use your left leg to kick with Ura Mikazuki Geri. Since the opponent is moving toward you, you would complete this kick by stepping back, probably somewhere in the vicinity of angle 8. Now you deliver the Mikazuki Geri with the right leg, which incidentally is now your Front Leg. So this combination does not always involve kicking with the Front Leg and then the Back Leg.
If you were in the same initial stance and the opponent is moving away from you, then the left leg would kick with Ura Mikazuki Geri then likely step forward somewhere near angle 5. Now the right leg, which remains the Back Leg, would utilize Mikazuki Geri to strike toward angle 1.
You may find this combination to be ineffectual and not particularly powerful. But with all movements, there are times where they can be quite useful. You will discover a useful purpose for this kick in your later training. For now, practice the kick to make it as smooth, fast, and powerful as possible. Vary the delivery of this combination by stepping forward and stepping back after the first kick at various times.