Back Hand Strike - Martial Arts Technique

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Back Hand Strike - Martial Arts Technique

This page provides details on the martial arts technique known as the Back Hand Strike. This open hand technique is in essence a reverse slap. A martial artist hits the target with the back of an open hand (with hand and fingers straight out and not closed in fist). This strike should not be confused with the back fist strike (a technique where the hand is closed in a fist).

Back hand strikes (and slaps) are often used when the striker doesn't want to severely injure an opponent. Rather, they are used to "warn" an opponent. However, a powerful back hand strike can do damage to an attacker. For example, if someone is trapped in a rear bear hug, a back hand strike can temporarily incapacitate an opponent if used against the attacker's groin. However, in self-defense situations, a back fist strike (closed fist) is more likely to cause damage than a back hand strike (open hand).

In Karate, the back hand strike is known as Haishu Uchi.

For more martial arts striking techniques, please visit the main Punches & Strikes section.


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