Iron Claw Hand

Out of the ancient text of the Bubishi, there are 6 hand positions or weapons formed called the “6 Ji hands”. One particular hand posture is called the Iron Claw.

This weapon is not new to most in the arts as it is one of the more common weapons. However it is not typically employed as was intended, nor is it typically taught to target Kyusho or Dim Mak in modern times. This is a very versatile weapon that originally targeted the weaker anatomical structures of nerve and blood vessels. These Kyusho and Dim Mak targets can be located and attacked using this weapon on the wrist, forearm, upper arm, neck, face, even minimally on the leg.

When the “Claw” hand position is typically used it is either in a scratching action (to the eyes), or in a grabbing action to control the opponent. There are a few styles that do attack the muscles in an attempt to tear or dislodge them from the connected structures of tendon or bone. Or a few more that use it for joint manipulations like in Chin Na or Tuite. But there are deeper and more powerful possibilities for this common hand position.

To realize these potentials it is imperative to first understand...

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