How to Do the Open Hand Block

Open Hand Block

There are many hand blocks but the most basic one in Shotokan Karate is the knife hand block or the sword hand block is the literal transaction of sto, stoket. This is opposition; it is very different from the other techniques because obviously your hands are open but also we use more of the back stance plus the returning hand doesn’t come all the way back to your waist. It’s latent and forward. So, there are many things that are different about this technique but not just the positioning but also your emphasis.