Shotei Uchi in Karate Step by Step

Shotei Uchi in Karate Step by Step

Shotei Uchi

This is a strike you will find in Katas, also a very effective strike for self-defense techniques. The base of the palm makes contact with the target, not the fingers. This strike can generate a lot of power and produce damage if executed and applied properly.

This strike is not used in Kumite but you can still use it to keep your distance from your opponent or to keep him away to give you space to execute a kicking technique. Very useful to create distance and to make room for a follow-up technique.


This strike can be applied to these three zones:


Nose, chin, jaw, side of the face. Here your fingers need to point up.

Jodan Shotei Uchi
Jodan Shotei Uchi










Solar plexus, ribs. Here your fingers need to point to the side.

Shudan Shotei Uchi
Shudan Shotei Uchi


Groin. Here your fingers need to point down.

Gedan Shotei Uchi
Gedan Shotei Uchi

Shotei Uchi Step by Step

  • Start on a Kiba Dachi
  • Prepare your strike by having your left fist over your right fist on your right side
  • Execute your right strike to the face while your left hand is by your ribs
  • Retract your right hand and execute a left palm strike to the face.
  • Now execute two strikes in the middle section
  • Execute two strikes to the groin section


  • Do not overextend your arm when striking
  • Make sure your fingers are all together supporting each other
  • Do not lean forward when striking
  • Make sure you have a strong stance when striking
  • Bring back your hand right away after the strike

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