Nukite in Karate
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This is Nukite also known as Spear Hand in Karate. Nukite is a practically forgotten technique nowadays, there are few masters who make reference to it, and it only appears in katas.
These techniques require special training to strengthen the fingers of the hand so that the blows given with them do not cause injury to the practitioner. It is a technique that is used as a strike, not as a pressure point.
Some people think Nukite is a risky strike because if you use it to the neck and the person moves you can hit the chin or shoulder, and this could break your fingers.
The most used for hardening the hands is the makiwara and containers with different materials, usually different types of grains, such as beans, rice, or even sand. You could go to the beach and practice your Nukite strike with the beach sand in small repetitions, the sand will tighten your fingers.
The most recommended and safest option is using sand, this could be in a bucket or the one found at the beach. Place a towel where you will practice your strikes and do 3 sets of 12 repetitions with each hand.
- Important: Use the towel to prevent sand or small rocks get stuck between your nails.
The Spear Hand is formed with the open hand, the fingers closely joined and slightly bent inwards, the thumb forming a bridge, with the pad resting on the index finger. To be more effective, some Masters flex their middle finger slightly to match the length of the index and ring fingers.
In any case, it must be borne in mind that, like the other techniques where the fingers intervene, hitting with the fingers fully extended should always be avoided, and they will always be executed with maximum tension.
There are several available targets for this strike which depend on the stance and where you are with your attacker. Think about a medium range and a close range.
In a medium-range, you are a step away from your opponent and you can execute the strike to:
- Solar plexus
In a close range, you are in the interaction zone with your opponent, here you can grab and pull while drilling down with your Nukite on the following targets:
- Floating ribs
- Solar Plexus
You can block a punch, then grab the arm on an armbar and with your other hand drill down the neck with a powerful Nukite.
There are two forms of Nukite. Tate Nukite and Yoko Nukite, whose only difference is that the first is executed in a vertical plane and the second in a horizontal plane in relation to the ground.
- Tate Nukite: It is used to hit the following vital points: The solar plexus, throat, and genitals.
- Yoko Nukite: The hand is in a plane parallel to the ground, generally with the palm facing the ground, although it is possible to perform the technique with the palm facing upwards. The attack, generally, is made to the side, to the opponent’s floating ribs, in which case the other hand is armed to the side, and also to the front, attacking the neck or the eyes of the opponent.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I really need to harden my hand before trying to use a Spear Hand Strike?
It is a must, do not attempt to use this strike if you have not done any basic training. Fingers have small bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles, because of that, it is very easy to get them injured.
Is it better to strike with a punch instead of a Spear Hand Strike?
It would be up to the student, Nukite can be considered as a specialized strike. You will not use it against bones, only on organs and soft parts of the body.
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