Atemi waza is used as distraction techniques, techniques against the body’s vital points. Atemi waza must be integrated as a natural part of the self-defense defense techniques and randori in order to distract the attacker and get him off balance, both physically and mentally. Ate means ”blow” or ”strike” and mi means body. Atemi waza consists of different types of punches, elbow strikes and kicking techniques to the body. You can also use different pressure points. In connection with atemi, kiai, must be used. Atemi is especially important when you are attacked by a physically stronger attacker. Atemi can also become an important part of the unbalalancing (ate kuzushi) of the attacker. All atemi waza are integrated into our jigo waza.


Kyusho jutsu or waza are techniques against the body’s vital points (the body’s more vulnerable and delicate areas) and are intimately associated with various atemi waza, but also our punching and kicking techniques must primarily hit one of these points. To a certain extent, these points are also affected by different types of locking (arm lock, neck lock). Another name for kyusho is Tsubo jutsu. If one of the points is hit with sufficient force, at the right angle and sharpness, this can result in the attacker being put in a non-combatable state due to pain and discomfort. In some cases, it can even result in unconsciousness or death. Some of the points are sometimes the same points used as acupoints in acupuncture and shiatsu. Kyusho zuhyo is a map or diagram of the various points.

We can use atemi:

  • in combination with other techniques
  • as a distraction
  • as part of our balance breaking (ate kuzushi)
  • as a finishing technique

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