I was wondering if anyone on the forum has any thoughts to offer regarding the usefulness of this strike in a practical context? In my training so far I have not personally focussed much on this technique compared to other striking techniques, but I am now trying to look into it further as I try to progress in my training. I have not been able to find much information about using this strike for practical purposes, and I have not seen many people using this strike in general. I think that almost everyone who trains in Karate has probably done it before, but I don't think it becomes an important or "go-to" strike for many of these people at all. Do you use this technique regularly in your training, and if so, why?
There is also the palm-up version as seen in naihanchi, though I am more interested in the practicality of the above version. I have heard that this palm-up version can work well as a throat strike, and I can understand the reasoning behind this. But as a general strike, I personally think there are better options.
Here is a video of the standard haito uchi
I would be interested to hear anyone's thoughts on this