Bunkai: Passai Nukite

Nukite – spear hand, fingertip strikes – can be used as cavity penetration strikes. They set up muscle seizing or other chin na. 

Do not make any head or neck contact when learning or practicing this technique.

In this interpretation of the nukite technique in Passai the opponent strikes toward your vulnerable target at the arm pit, or any chudan target. 

You reroute his strike past you with your left upper arm and elbow, as you withdraw your target from his range, turning toward him.  

With your right you strike the GB20 area at the rear of his head in the area below the cranium, using your knife edge, palm up.

You rotate your right hand to the palm-down position, pulling his head forward and down, toward your nukite. 

The nukite strikes at the hypoglossal nerve area under the jaw for penetration, or in the area of ST9 and ST10 at the throat, for the seizing application.  

Do not apply pressure to the neck in training.

In Passai there are four of these nukite techniques, two right-handed and two left-handed, with stepping for different angles of attack. You can do each pair as a double strike against a single opponent.  

The hypoglossal nerve cavity penetration or the ST 9-10 area strike require counterpressure to be effective. This seems to be a unique application of nukite in our kata. The other nukite applications depend on body inertia or momentum for counterpressure, so you do not need to apply it with your opposite hand.

There are many vulnerable structures in the neck which are affected by this nukite.

Do Not Make Contact at all when practicing this strike.

There is a very fast reflex arch protecting this area of the body, which accounts for the dynamic changes of direction in the application, and the high speed needed to make it work.


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