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The Japanese language is oddly-specific about which techniques are punches (tsuki) and which are strikes (uchi). This is unusual; especially since this is the language where the English idiom “you can’t make a mountain out of a molehill” is untranslatable, because the Japanese use the same word to describe both mountains and molehills. In general, punches transmit their power parallel to the forearm (like a thrust or stab), while striking transmits power perpendicular to the forearm (like a slash).

Punches are intended for general use, since they are adaptable to all target areas, and strikes are specialized moves. Specialized moves are not “special moves” -- life does not imitate animé. Certain strikes can only be used in certain instances, which tend to fall into one of three categories:

  1. Atemi.
  2. Techniques for hitting opponents from inside the clinch.
  3. Techniques custom-tailored to destroy certain kyūsho.

The striking techniques used in Goshin-Jutsu Karatedō are listed below: