Tsuki, back punch with a step, Ninjutsu

By Yossi Sheriff

Tsuki, 突き, Shikan ken, (צקי) in Japanese martial arts, is the name of the forward step used for attacking an opponent. It is one of the most important movements in Ninjutsu.

Description of the Tsuki

The "tsuki" is a strike that, much more than a regular punch- can create an open wound upon impact due to the unique way in which the fist is used. The step in which the kick is used is called an "arrow" step - this step has a very long reach and gives the strike a lot of power but is relatively slow, necessitating correct timing. The back leg moves forward towards the opponent and stops bent while the front foot stays in its place and the leg straightens. The striking hand moves horizontally and hits the eye or the face creating an open wound.


Video of the Tsuki (Shikan ken) punch in Ninjutsu


Video tutorial of the Tsuki step in Ninjutsu


Image of the Shikan ken, Tsuki

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Training for a tsuki punch following a sabaki


List of techniques that use a Tsuki

Meta perspectives

This technique incorporates these attributes of Meta Perspectives:

  1. Beginner level of expertise

Links to lessons that include Tsuki attack

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