Back punch, Cross, Ninjutsu

By Yossi Sheriff

Video of Back punch in Ninjutsu

Video of Cross punch with gloves

Video of a cross punch training

The Cross punch (קרוס) in Ninjutsu is similar to the western Boxing cross punch. It is a forward fist with the back hand. The "cross" punch is used by the strong hand (the back hand in a fighting stance- right hand for the right handed and the left hand for the left handed). The "cross" is a power punch and its aim is to knock an opponent out if used as a shot to the face (jaw) or to take the air from an opponent if used as a body shot. The simple motion of the arm is not enough for the punch to be effective- the movement of the shoulder and the pelvis are crucial for this punch to be both quick and powerful. In addition the heel of the same side should be a little raised from the ground to increase the turning of the pelvis. The "cross" moves in a linear route the same as the "jab" and therefore can be easily blocked or dodged if not used with good timing/right combination. The "cross" is a very powerful and very quick strike that when hits home will most likely knock an opponent out or at least leave him open for further assault.

This technique is part of Ninjutsu Grade requirements syllabus Yellow belt grade requirements and of Black Belt grade requirements

Meta perspectives

This technique incorporates these attributes of Meta Perspectives:

  1. Beginner level of expertise