How to do a Choku-Zuki? Use your Hip and Pelvis! (video)

Our friends of Karate Dojo WaKu in Tokyo allowed us to share another excellent videos. This time, they explain how to do a Choku-Zuki.

A Choku-Zuki is a punch during an upright stand. Although, it is the most basic punch, it is also difficult to execute with a maximum of power and speed. No forward body-movement supports the punch. The secret to the Choku-Zuki lies in the utilization of the hip and pelvis rotation. They have to move slightly back and forth in order to initiate the movement and to create a whiplash-effect. Without the hip and pelvis force will only be generated from your shoulders and arms. That limits the efficiency and effectiveness of the punch.

How do you do your Choku-Zuki? Critical comments are welcomed!


  1. Hotton Sensei also covers this topic well in this video:

    Based on this article, when Hotton Sensei says let the relaxed wobble of your hips “naturally transition” (1:15) into your punch, he means to coordinate the returning motion of your hips with your punch – this is stated in the above video at 0:50 as “the impact of your punch should synchronize with your pelvis twisting back (to its starting position).”

    It seems that being relaxed is required for your hips to be able to initiate and move quickly enough for them to be active in the punch.Compare this to when the hips are loaded back in hanmi in zenkutsu dachi. In this case there is a tension feeling as if an elastic is being pulled back, and the release of the hips is naturally transitioned into the gyaku zuki

    Is this correct? Are these distinctively different ways to generate power? If so, what other ways can we compare and contrast these movements? For example, do they generate different intensities or kinds of power? Do they have distinctively different martial applications? Is one better for grappling techniques than the other?

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