List of Karate Hand Strikes & Punches

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List of Karate Hand Strikes & Punches

These videos will help you to learn a variety of Karate hand strikes (and the Japanese names for these techniques). For the Japanese names for punches, please see the Karate Punches section.

For punches and hand/arm strikes used by other martial arts styles (i.e. Muay Thai and Krav Maga), please visit the main Punches & Strikes page.

Karate Strikes

  • Haishu uchi - Back hand strike
  • Haito uchi - Ridge (back of sword) hand strike
  • Ipon ken - forefinger knuckle strike
  • Ipon nukite ken - first finger spear strike
  • Kai ko ken - open fist strike
  • Kakuto - head of the crane / goose neck strike
  • Ko koo - tiger's mouth strike
  • Kuma de - bear hand strike
  • Keito - head of the hen strike
  • Nakadaka ipon ken - middle finger knuckle strike
  • Nihon nukite - two finger spear strike
  • Nukite - Spear hand strike
  • Seiken - clenched fist strike
  • Shuto uchi - Knife (sword) hand strike
  • Teisho uchi - Palm heel strike
  • Tetsu tsui - [iron] hammer fist
  • Uraken uchi - Back fist strike
  • Washi de - eagle's beak strike
  • Wan to - sword arm strike

Shotokan Karate Hand Strikes


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