Mountain punch

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Yama-tsuki, the mountain punch, is sometimes called a U-punch or C-punch, because of its shape. The mountain punch is a special case of a double punch, and since it is simultaneously and attack and defense, it is also a Kūsankū movement.

Mountain punches are used to defend and counter against circular strikes, like haymaker punches and club swings. Step your same-side foot in towards the opponent to get inside of their arm, so their circular attack wraps around you instead of hitting you.

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Punch the opponent's face with your same-side hand, bending your elbow slightly upward so that your arm jams the opponent's attack, shielding your head. Simultaneously, use your opposite-side uppercut to the opponent's solar plexus.


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Mountain punches can be also be used as an atemi. After punching, immediately grab the opponent’s belt and lapels to set up a belt throw.