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Limb Striking in Karate

Although limb striking tends to be associated more strongly with FMA and Silat, there are several limb striking methods within karate that I wanted to explore a bit in this article. I hope somebody finds it useful!


Iain Abernethy
Iain Abernethy's picture

As well written as always Noah. Keep ‘em coming!

Defiantly part of karate as this photo of Motobu in action confirms.  

All the best,


Wastelander's picture

I knew there was a photo of Motobu showing that technique, but I couldn't find it for the life of me when I was putting together the article! Of course, now that I've seen it again, I found it in my collection :P. Thanks, Iain! There is also a photo of a different limb strike in Morinobu Itoman's book, but I didn't want to bother Mario McKenna Sensei again so soon after using one of those photos in another article recently.

Iain Abernethy
Iain Abernethy's picture

Hi Noah,

I had the book out today so it’s a nice coincidence that you put that article out today too :-)

All the best,


Ando's picture

Nice article, Noah!

No question in my mind that most common hand movements in kata are direct limb attacks or set-ups on the limbs en route to the head and body.

I mean, let's face it--there's nothing secretive about punching someone in the face or stomach. Why would the masters create a kata highlighting techniques that even my grandmother knows about? :)


crow's picture

I was thinking about this the other day while playing about with the first moves in heian nidan. Thanks for the article good read.

Dillon's picture

Very well done.

swdw's picture

A number of the simultaneous hand movements in Goju are actually limb attacks. You just don't see very many people teaching that.

Tau's picture

I recieved my Karate Shodan from Nigel Lee, who used to post as "Tandoori" on this forum. The one thing that stands out about him was for a short guy he had a a hellish impressive and accurate side kick targetted to the bicep. Not something I would choose to do but I couldn't deny how effective it was.