Hiza No Nuki — Your key to speed, power and smooth movement

Hiza no nuki

Hiza No Nuki means to drop all power from the knee. Actually it is the technical method to use Tobokuho to facilitate correct movement.

The objective of Hiza No Nuki is to bend the knee(s), move smoothly using the gravity, moving the whole body forward. Hence, relax the knee(s) instantly. Take care, bending caused by bending is a common error, you should bend by unblocking.

Ultimately, this should be done naturally.

If you bend because of bending you will tend to support the body with the upper leg muscles. It is the upper leg muscles that together with the knee need to be shut down temporarily to let your body drop drastically or allow your body to move smoothly.

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what is hiza no nuki?

introduction to hiza no nuki

"Like the pulse of a heart beat" is what Nukina sensei said about Kime and Nukeru and this applies just as much to Hiza No Nuki. You'll see exactly how in this video and learn some easy yet effective methods to develop this yourself.

how to develop dropping movement

In Karate there are two main problems. Either you don't use your body or you do and then you can't control it well. This method allows you to avoid both issues at the same time using Hiza No Nuki. 

accelerate your movement

Strictly speaking, in Budo it is not necessary (and not advised) to always move at maximum speed as is often seen in tournaments. More fundamentally though, you need to be able to move slow, smooth and fast without any excuse of why you don't need this or are not able to. Going from one stage into the other comes down to accelerating your movement. Your knee has a tremendous part to play in this and it this video I will teach you how to use that to your advantage.

Easy methods to learn hiza no nuki

Awareness first. Feeling your knee. Then control - learn to turn your knee 'on and off' with specific exercises. These videos are from my seminar on Hiza No Nuki where I introduced key methods. Methods that I learned from Nukina sensei. It all starts here...

here's how your friend can help

I still remember I saw Nukina sensei doing this for the first time. It was as if he was skating on ice - that smooth... This method creates awareness of your height if you do it right. Checkout this footage from my seminar in 2018.

dropping in naihanchi dachi

Stances always have a purpose. A reason to be used. Naihanchi Dachi is excellent if you want to develop dropping movement and connect it to your strike. How this works? It's not so complicated by you have to know what to pay attention to.

drop & go

At some point, you need to let certain methods go and break free. After all, when it comes to combat you need to be able to move. This method is the bridge between static Hiza No Nuki practise and dynamic movement.

connect hiza no nuki to your body movement

If there's one thing you want to avoid it's "Isolated Knowlegde". That's what Yokoyama Kancho called knowledge that only exists in certain situations and is not holistic. Make your knowledge holistic so you can apply it in any situation and benefit from that skill each and every time.

move faster today with this step by step method

Ever wondered how to move faster? Your knee or knees play an important role so it's really important to know the what, why and how. That will allow you to move faster in any movement.

take sonobazuki to the next level

If you think Sonobazuki is boring or a necessary evil... think again. Your solution to make Sonobazuki more interesting, fun AND effective is by pracitising variations. Here's a number of variations that I learned from Nukina Sensei back in 2006.


When it comes to Gyakuzuki, everbody thinks about the hip. And nobody about the knee. It makes sense as the primary source of power is the hip.

Having said that, to utilise the power generated your knee a shoulder have to play along as well. Use this method to discover how you can improve Hiza No Nuki with Gyakuzuki.

advanced training methods

The word advanced is not used to draw your attention. It's actually advanced. 

This method applies several higher level performance concepts - combined in one movement. 

Give it a try if you like 🙂

this is not mawatte gedan barai as you know it...


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