Tobikomi Zuki - Snap Punch

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Tobikomi Zuki - Snap Punch

In Karate, the Tomikomi Zuke is a fast snap punch, which can come from the hip, or the lead hand. From the lead hand, it is effective as a sharp shock to targets such as the face. From the hip, it is a powerful strike. This punch is taught by styles such as Wado-Ryu. Other styles use this punch more as a jab with their lead hand and this is known as Kizami Zuki.

For other punches & strikes, please visit the main Karate Punches section.

Demonstration Video of the Tobikomi Zuki - Snap Punch

Instructions for Technique

From The Hip

  • Start off with a C step
  • From the hip, punch out fast and twist forward hip into punch
  • Twist your hand when it contacts with the target area
  • Pull back quickly to the normal rest position and rest hip to natural position

This is a very useful technique if you can do it fast enough, as will take an opponent by surprise. You should also follow up with the Tobikomi Zuke with the lead hand (launched multiple times at multiple targets) in order to build up stamina and target accuracy.

From Lead Hand

  • From a ready position or fighting stance
  • Punch out quickly
  • Twist your hand when it contacts with the target area
  • Pull back to ready position

Reference Sources

  1. Red Dragons Karate School UK. Sensei Nathan Foster


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