Uppercut (ake zuki)
Ake zuki is a closed fist strike aimed under the chin. Boxers refer to this technique as “upper cut”. This is a close range technique that can be very effective when performed correctly.
How to perform a uppercut (ake zuki)
To perform a right upper strike (age zuki) begin with your right hand by your side. Bring your hand (fist) out and upward toward your target (under the chin). To perform a second upper strike bring the first hand back while the other performs the strike.
The video clip shows Sensei Terry Lyon (5th Dan) performing Uppercut (Ake Zuki).
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Uppercut (ake zuki): points to remember
- Be sure to strike with the Seiken (first two knuckles) and not your fingers.
- Use hip rotation to add more power and speed behind the strike.