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 vertically or 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

Training for a tsuki punch following a sabaki

Training for Gyaku Tsuki

Image of the Shikan ken, Tsuki

Shikan ken Shikan ken

List of techniques that use a Tsuki

 Uses Tsuki

Meta perspectives

This technique incorporates these attributes of Meta Perspectives:

  1. Beginner level of expertise
  2. 1st Timing
  3. 3rd Timing

Links to lessons that include Tsuki attack