This is Ippon Ken Strike. This is a strike you may not find in Katas but you can use it in self defense techniques.
It’s a powerful strike for specific targets such as the nose, the eyes, the throat, the neck, and the ribs.
You use it and execute it just like a punch, the only difference is that your index knuckle makes contact with the target. This is more of a snapping strike than a thrusting one because you are striking sensitive targets, not large targets.
Make sure you form a fist correctly then move your thumb forward next to your index finger’s nail to provide support to the index knuckle.
Ippon Ken Step by Step
- You can start on a Kiba Dachi and prepare just like with a Zuki.
- Put your Left fist over your right fist.
- Now execute your Ippon Ken aiming the solar plexus while your other hand is by your ribs.
- Execute the same Ippon Ken with your other side.
- Do not lean forward when striking
- Bring back your hand right away after the strike
- Make sure your fingers are together supporting the entire hand when striking
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