This video was filmed at the dojo a few days ago while we were practicing both the common uppercut and “age-zuki”. While I feel it is important to learn both punches, the age-zuki does have some advantage when fighting with bare fists. One advantage is that impact is more likely to be made with the large knuckles as opposed to the joints of the fingers. It should be understood that one of the key reasons the common uppercut is performed as it is because the rules of boxing only recognise blows delivered with the front of the fist. Outside of the boxing ring, there is no reason why we should not also practise rising strikes that make contact with the back on the knuckles too; as we find in kata such as Enpi / Wanshu, Seishan / Hangetsu, etc. The common uppercut still needs to be part of practise though as it becomes very useful when extremely close. So it’s not a case of one or the other, but making use of both. I hope you enjoy this quick clip and I’ll be back with more soon.
All the best,
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