Tsuki in Kyokushin Karate Tsuki is the heart of karate. Despite this, and perhaps because of this, different masters and different styles have various understandings of how a direct punch should be performed. In fact, it's just a blow from the lowered hands, it's a blow to be applied when you do not have time to take any special preparation. This is a blow that can be done in full accordance with the main principles of traditional karate: "In karate do not attack first" and, of course: "In karate they beat first". The only thing is how to make this effort feel, create and pass into a fist. Different masters have different opinions on this matter. Of course, Oyama himself had his own understanding and unique technique, different from the execution of tsuki by other masters. Analyzing the technique of Oyama is quite difficult because of its uniqueness. Based on his level of understanding, Oyama carries the weight of the body from foot to foot, which is more characteristic of boxing than traditional karate. Also, Oyama manages some kind of floating center of gravity (tanden), but at precisely the right moment he ties everything together and creates a powerful kime. The official version of the execution of a tsuki in kihon kekushin-ryu changed with the passage of time. From a blow, more reminiscent of boxing, to a classic karate performance. It is said that this happened for two reasons. The first - no one has so far been able to repeat what Oyama did. The second is that you cannot teach beginners. The "boxer" version of the tsuki, shown in old illustrations, is very difficult to link with the rest of the karate kishon, and especially with the kata. Trying to simply copy the individual handwriting of the master, most likely, simply leads to the complete collapse of his own technique. What follows from all of the above? Tsuki is not a technique that can be taught, but something that can be learned in the process of painstaking work, analysis and creative search for your understanding and fulfillment. Tsuki is a continuous search for the ideal and meaning that will always elude us, as soon as it seems to us that we have understood something and achieved something.