Nakadaka Ippon Ken

Nakadaka Ippon Ken

Nakadaka Ippon Ken

This is Nakadaka Ippon Ken in Karate. It is a strike you do not see very often but it really works if you want to disable any attacker.

As you can see in the following picture the middle knuckle is the one that makes contact with the target, the thumb is supporting the middle knuckle while the rest of the fingers are also supporting the fits.

You must make your fist this way to protect your hand, remember you have small little bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles which can get damaged very easily. That is the reason why you need to make sure your hand is properly closed.

Close up of Nakadaka Ippon Ken in Karate
Close up of Nakadaka Ippon Ken in Karate

Targets for Nakadaka Ippon Ken are vital points we could name the following:

  • Eyes
  • Nose
  • Throat
  • Kidneys
  • Ribs

This is a strike only for self-defense, not for Kumite, if you use it in Kumite you might get disqualified (Kyokushin Kumite), in other Kumite tournaments you are required to wear gloves.

Nakadaka Ippon Ken Step by Step

  • You can get started in a horse stance
  • Chamber just like when you prepare a Zuki
  • Prepare your fist making sure your middle finger is in place and has support from the thumb
  • Execute your strike to the middle section
  • Now execute the same strike with your other hand
  • You can repeat 10 strikes and go back to the chamber


  • Do not overextend your arm when striking because you might expose yourself.
  • Do not lean forward when you apply any strike.
  • Make sure your thumb is supporting the middle finger.
  • While striking your other hand could be on your solar plexus or in chamber.

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