Hikite - Karate's "Pulling Hand"

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Hikite - Karate's "Pulling Hand"

Hikite in Karate and some other Japanese martial arts is the "pulling" of your opposite hand back to your hip into a ready position. This technique is completed at the same time as a strike by the non-opposite hand.

Karate practitioners believe that hikite has the following benefits:

  • Preparing your opposite hand for a follow-on strike
  • Pulling an opponent towards you while simultaneously striking the opponent
  • Counter weight in order to add power to a strike

Non-Karate practitioners believe that hikite has the following drawbacks:

  • Exposes a student's head/body to attack as they are lowering their guard/blocking arm

Hikite Explanation



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