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Shako and Shishinken

These two fists utilize the fingers in a more individualized fashion: Shakoken (蝦蛄拳) “Mantis Shrimp Fist”: this is using the hand in a clawing shape. The fingers drive in and grip. This is named after the Japanese Mantis Shrimp which spears and shreds it’s prey....

Sokuyaku, Sokugyaku, and Sokkiken

These fists are based on using parts of the Soku (足) “Leg”. Sokuyaku Ken (足躍拳) “Leg Leap Fist”: This is using the heel of the foot to kick. The foot should be slightly bent backward so that the heal is leading. The “leap” is referring bringing...

Kikaku, Shuki, Tai, and Shizenken

These are the last four fists that use other parts of the body: Kikaku Ken (鬼角拳) “Demon Horn Fist”: this is using the crown of the head (the thickest part of the skull) to strike. You would use this when performing Zutsuki (頭突き) “Head Thrust”....

Shikan, Shito, and Koppoken

These three fists are based on the Shikanken (指環拳) “Finger ring fist”. This fist was used while wearing kote (wrist guards) that had a metal band across the palm. This band prevent the fist from fully closing. The first row of finger knuckles are extended...

Kiten, Happa, and Shitanken

These three fists are based on the hand shape of a Kiten Ken (起転拳) “Turn Fist”. With the hand flat, bend the fingers 90 degrees. The fingers should be tightly together. The thumb presses into the knuckle of the index finger for reinforcement. The part of the hand you...