Friday, March 25, 2011

Naihanchi - the backfist

This is another of the less versatile techniques in the exercise  I mostly think of this as a strike - but still, it can be interpreted as several different kinds of striking ideas:
  • a simple backfist strike
  • an uppercut
  • a hammer fist
  • I've even seen folks call it a rising block-backfist-uppercut combo.
  • a forearm smash...
Additionally, whichever strike you think this is, it can approach the opponent from several different directions - downward or upward into an eye socket...downward as a forearm or hammer onto a collarbone... upward into the chin... sideward into a temple or xygomatic arch...
Patrick Parker

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