Karate Hand Strikes

List of Karate Hand Strikes & Punches

This page examines a wide variety of Karate hand strikes and provides 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.

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Examples of Karate Strikes

  • Haishu uchi – Back hand strike
  • Haito uchi – Ridge hand strike (back of sword)
  • 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 hand strike (sword)
  • 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

Examples of Karate Punches

  • Age-Zuki (Age-Tsuki) – Uppercut Punch or Rising Punch
  • Choku-Zuki (Choku-Tsuki) – Straight Punch
  • Gyaku-Zuki (Gyaku-Tsuki) – Reverse Punch
  • Hasami Zuki – Scissor Punch
  • Kage-Zuki (Kage-Tsuki) – Hook Punch
  • Kizami-Zuki (Kizami-Tsuki) – Jab Punch
  • Mawashi-Zuki (Maswashi-Tsuki) – Roundhouse Punch
  • Morote-Zuki (Morote-Tsuki) – Double Fist Punch or Double U Punch
  • Oi-Zuki (Oi-Tsuki) – Lunge Punch
  • Tate-Zuki (Tate-Tsuki) – Vertical Punch
  • Tobikomi Zuki – Snap Punch
  • Ura-Zuki (Ura-Tsuki) – Upside-Down Punch or Inverted Punch (To The Solar Plexus)
  • Yama-Zuki (Yama-Tsuki) – Two-Level Double Punch or Mountain Punch

Related Punch & Strike Terminology

  • Zuki or Tsuki – Punch
  • Uchi – Strike
  • Jodan – High Section (i.e. High Punch – Jodan Zuki)
  • Chudan – Middle Section
  • Gedan – Low Section

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