When I first started Karate, most people, especially our Oriental masters, would teach that the primary function of the Hiki-Te hand (the one that pulls back to the hip) was to increase the power of the other hand going out in a punch/strike/block. This is undoubtedly a useful training method for beginners as it helps to teach them to rotate their hips and as such this explanation was not questioned very much in the early days.
I haven’t done any video’s for a little while and it seemed about time that I did.
This one is about the hikite (pull back hand). Usually hikite is just explained as being for grabbing and pulling the wrist, but it can be used for grabbing other parts of the body or even clothes. In this video we look at some of the other ways it can be used.
This video goes with an earlier posting that I wrote about hikite back in May 2010, exploring the multiple different uses for hikite.
The most commonly practiced technique in Karate, TKD, TSD and many styles of Kung Fu is Hikite, which is Japanese for pulling the hand back (usually to the hip), and is usually performed in conjunction with a punch, strike or “block”.
Applications for Hikite are usually depicted as grabbing the opponents wrist and pulling them on, whilst the other hand/arm attacks the opponent, either by striking or applying some kind of joint lock/break. You can see this application in some of the video’s below.
However, for this posting I would like to look at other self defence applications for Hikite when the fight get close in and dirty. Continue reading “Fighting Dirty With Karate/TKD/TSD’s Most Commonly Used Technique” »