Karate Mechanics for Kumite[Sparring] 3 – Basic Hand Techniques

This is the third lesson on basic kumite. In this one, we start learning striking techniques.

For the previous lesson on basic footwork, visit Karate Mechanics for Kumite[Sparring] 2 – Basic Footwork.

Kizami tsuki

Kizami Tsuki is the karate jab. Kizami means ‘front’ and Tsuki means ‘punch’. For this hand technique like all the others, the whole body must move forward. As your front foot moves forward, your front hand extends in a direct line to your opponent’s face. And as you move your back leg forward, bring back your front hand to 1) your hip and  and then to 2) the starting position.
Kizami tsuki always aims for the face[jodan].

Gyaku tsuki

Gyaku means ‘reverse’. A Gyaku Tsuki, which means ‘reverse punch’, is a straight punch with the right hand if your left foot is forward (and vice-versa). You must step forward as you punch, the same as with Kizami Tsuki. The difference is that you must pivot your hips. On the impact, your legs are in a lunge position.
After the impact, pull back your striking hand to 1) your hip and then 2) the starting position. As you pull back your hand, pivot your hips back to the starting position.

Stay tuned for more basic Kumite lessons!

For the previous lessons, click below:
Karate Mechanics for Kumite[Sparring] 1 – Basic Stance
Karate Mechanics for Kumite[Sparring] 2 – Basic Footwork

For all the information on beginner Kumite, visit the page here.

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