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Knife Hand Strike

How to do a Knife Hand Strike in the Martial Arts

Knife Hand Strike Martial Arts Rick Tew

This Martial Science Knife Hand strike is formed by following the steps below:

Place the thumb along the base of the index finger.

Fingers straight alongside each other.

Then slightly bend the palm to create an arch for the edge hand strike.

The striking surface is the outside bottom edge of the palm. The attack can be circular and linear.

This strike can be performed with full body motion or like the boxers jab which is pulled quickly back. The knife hand is pushed through to immobilize, stun, remove balance or break through your opponent’ s target.

Primary striking areas are the throat, groin and bones.


  • Breaking boards
  • Striking any of the targeting areas
  • Large amount of force applied with a small edge of hand
  • When you make a fist – fingers damaged


Neck, Groin, Ribs

Because these strikes can be used in so many variations, we must classify them in their own section. However, one must realize that when studying RTMS nothing can really be classified at all. We must keep a constant open mind and use what we learn to help us adapt to our movements as a whole. To categorize would be to systemize the art and that only serves its purpose commercially. So remember, when training, do not program yourself to a set number of techniques or angles. That’s a process of limitation and the Total Warrior is never limited.

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Rick Tew is an internationally acclaimed Sensei or teacher in the martial arts and founder of CMS – College of Martial Science and NinjaGym. He runs Live-In Short and Long term Martial Arts Training and Adventure Camps in California and Thailand.

Utilizing the martial arts as a gateway to excellence, he created his personal development programs. His courses are for everyone who wants to integrate mind, body, and spirit to access his or her true potential.

Rick Tew’s Winjitsu, The Mental Martial Art System for Success, has helped his students to overcome their fear and become successful in what they love and passionate about.

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Creator of NinjaGym® and author of, Winjitsu – the Mental Martial Art. Rick Tew can help kick-start your adventure in Mind, Body or Spirit. Rick has been teaching martial arts and speaking on personal growth all of his adult life.

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