While well known for its devastating kicking techniques, Tae Kwon Do also possesses a wide variety of hand techniques that are equally powerful and more than comparable to any style of martial art. It is not uncommon for Tae Kwon Do students to show power by demolishing stacks of boards, patio blocks, and bricks. When one imagines this power being transferred to a person, the results would be quite clear.

Tae Kwon Do hand strikes can involve the fingertips, knife hand, ridge hand, punching, palm, and elbow, to name but a few. As with kicking, punching follows the same physical laws governing power (Speed x Accuracy x Stopping Power). Below are shown several Tae Kwon Do hand techniques and their applications.

Palm Strike


Elbow Strike