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Striking Techniques

Striking techniques or atemi waza refere to a directed physical attack used in Jiu Jitsu intended to cause blunt trauma or penetrating trauma upon an opponent.

There are many different varieties of strikes used in Jiu Jitsu , these generally fall into the the following categories.

  • Punches (closed fist or open hand)
  • Kicks
  • Elbow Strikes
  • Knee Strikes

A strike can be complete technique in itself, but can also be used to briefly break an opponent's balance or resolve. A painful blow to a vulnerable area can open the way for a more damaging technique, such as a throw or joint lock. Even if the blow does not land, the opponent can be distracted, and may instinctively contort their body (e.g., jerking their head back from a face strike) in such a way that they lose their balance or become disorientated.

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