Haito Uchi

The Haito Uchi or Ridge Hand Strike is similar in many ways to the Sword Hand. The hand structure is the same, but the striking surface is different. With Haito Uchi the striking surface is the area just forward and behind the first knuckle of the index finger. This strike usually has a soft tissue target and is commonly used when striking the groin or the neck, but it is also frequently used, especially in Kumite (Point Fighting) to strike toward the head.