:: Chudan Gyaku Tsuki :: 13/05/2004

“Chudan Gyaku Tsuki” is a very important technique in karatedo. Practitioners all over the world learn “Chudan Gyaku Tsuki” at their very beginning stage, and when they become competitors taking part in various kumite competitions, including the world championships, they use it for scoring. It is because “Chudan Gyaku Tsuki” though looks simple, it contains the most fundamental and practical elements of karatedo. Students have to get used to the following 12 items of know-how on “Chudan Gyaku Tsuki”, practise more in basic training and apply it in kumite training, until it becomes your simple but effective tool in kumite competitions.
How to get rid of early symptoms of attack from your eyes and body, to prevent your opponent from taking precautionary measures?

How to apply feints that can confuse or deceive your opponent, to produce “Good Timing” of attack?
How to apply “Yoriashi” when approaching your opponent, to achieve “Correct Distance” of attack?
How to step aside when stepping in, to avoid being hit by any possible coincident forward attack from your opponent?
How to lower your stance and raise your front arm, to safeguard your head from any possible coincident upper attack from your opponent?
How to keep your upper body upright and your punch straight, to demonstrate “Good Form”?
How to push your body and twist your waist when generating speed and power, to achieve “Vigorous Application” of the technique?
How to lift up your back heel and bend down your back knee when stepping in, to make your punching and waist twisting more flexible?
How to target the lower abdomen of your opponent, to enable your punch not to be blocked so easily?
How to apply “Sundome”, bringing back your punch and twisting back your waist, to demonstrate “Sporting Attitude”?
How to bounce your step back after punching, to leave your opponent as quickly as possible?
How to maintain total concentration, observation and awareness by looking at your opponent after punching, to complete the attack with “Zanshin”?