judo chop

Tough. Versatile. Effective. This is how Damian Ross describes what is often erroneously referred to as the "judo chop." But when used correctly in close-combat situations, the knifehand strike is no laughing matter.

It’s been called the edge-of-the-hand strike, the ax hand, the shuto, the thousand-hand strike and the "judo chop." It can be found in virtually every martial art from karate to kung fu and in every kata from those practiced at the Kodokan to those done at Kukkiwon.

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