A Strong Punch

I’ve never been a fan of oi-tsuki (追いηͺγ) – the lunge punch so ubiquitous that it is synonymous with Karatedo in the public’s eyes. One of the main reasons for my dislike of this punch is that it is not found in classical Nahate kata. Sure it can be found in Geki-sai I & II, but those are relatively modern creations made along the same lines as Pinan series, but in the classical forms we predominately see gyaku-tsuki (逆ηͺγ) or reverse punch as its commonly referred to. The rather tragic English translation of gyaku-tsuki aside (or oi-tsuki for that matter) the punch takes its name from the “flipped” position of the punching arm and lead leg.

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