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Strike Through to the Back

When striking, the focus is never on the surface -- it is to the back of the person. If you are striking the face, your target is the back of the head (on the inside). If you are blocking a punch, your target is the back of the arm (through the bone).

Too often, Karate books and videos show surface striking. In order to be in the correct position to strike through to the back, you must stand closer to the attacker. If you can only strike the surface, you will do little or no damage and invite further attacks.

So, when you practice punching (or blocking, kicking, etc.) you should visualize striking through to the back.


Charles C. Goodin