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More on the TRUE role of Hiki-Te (hand on the hip)

“When pulling a hand to the hip, it should be considered to have some part of the opponent in its grip. e.g. an arm, wrist or even head.” - Seikichi Toguchi

“The meaning of the hiki-te is to grab the enemy’s arm and twist and pull as much as possible in order to break the enemy’s posture” – Gichin Funakoshi

The original video can be found here:

This video looks at the tactical use of hiki-te (“pulling hand”) and expands on some of the ideas introduced in the original video. This video is aimed at those who are of the view that hiki-te is tactical and has nothing to do with power generation. Those who have seen the first video, and are of the opposing view that pulling an empty hand to the hip will make a punch with the other hand more powerful, are advised to watch something else. This video is not for you and you won’t like it.

I have no interest in publicly debating the issue further. I’ve heard the “best” counterarguments, considered them, and rejected them. If you watch anyway, and don’t agree with what you see, I would suggest that you make your own video explaining your position which you can link to in the comments. Viewers can then compare and contrast our videos and make up their own minds which position makes most sense to them. This video is aimed at those who, having considered the arguments, have reached similar conclusions to me. It’s is hoped the explanations and drills in this video will prove useful to you in your teaching around hiki-te.

All the best,


More on the TRUE role of Hiki-Te (hand on the hip)