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You strike the target with the heel of the palm. It is actually safer than trying to punch someone, less chance of breaking bones in the fingers and hand. Just arch the hand back as far as you can and strike. It can be pretty effective, breaking a nose, ribs and even knocking someone out with a strike to the side of the jaw. It is the blow I teach in my self-defense courses.

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Shotei is one name for it, in the shotokan style.

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Q: How do you do a karate palm strike?
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