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Claw strikes

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Claw strikes are where the fingers of the hand are held in a claw shape and are used to strike the target. Fingers being used are tensed and forced apart to make them stiff and strong.

Types of claw strikes

  • One-finger claw strike. A strike that is usually used to the face, corners of the mouth, or nerve centers. It is formed by starting with a tight fist and then extending the first finger straight out in alignment with the forearm, with the thumb tucked in alongside the finger to brace it. Then bend the finger into a semi-circle. The strike is a clawing or hooking motion with the tip of the finger.
  • Two-finger claw strike. A strike that is usually used to the face or upward into the nostrils. It is formed by starting with a tight fist and then extending the first two fingers, spread apart, and straight out in alignment with the forearm with the thumb curled in tight over the bottom two fingers. Then bend the two fingers into a semi-circle. The point of impact is a clawing or hooking motion with the tips of the fingers.
  • Four-finger claw strike. A strike that is usually used to the face. It is formed using the knife-hand as previously described, except that all the fingers are spread apart and bent into a tight semi-circle. The hand is held with the thumb side up. The attack uses an outside to inside movement. The point of impact is a slapping motion with the palm or a clawing motion with the tips of the fingers. 
  • Inverted claw strike. The claw hand is held with the thumb facing down in an inside to outside movement.
  • Spinning inverted claw strike. Performed the same as inverted claw strike except a backward 360-degree spin is added.

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