Haito is a hand technique which uses the inside edge of (shuto) to attack the temple of an opponents head. Haito is particularly effective for landing a head strike because it starts like a punch; avoiding the large/obvious movements which a traditional shuto attack employs. However, because haito does not use large movements any damage you do with it will be nominal; it should be relied on as a means of stunning your opponent rather than disabling them.


Start haito from hikite (side of body, just above obi).

Both hands should be in a fist.


Attacking arm extends in a straight line at a 30 degree angle from hikite.

Arms extend and retract reciprocally.

Fist goes approximately 2 fist widths outside of the opponents head to form an arc in trajectory.


When arm is fully extended, the fist becomes a shuto and turns over sharply into your target, the opponents temple.

Striking surface is on the inside edge of shuto with the thumb tucked under the palm.


The returning hand remains in a fist throughout.

Mudansha Tips

  • It is important to maximize the strength of this technique. A good way to do this is by turning over sharply as your hand changes from fist to shuto. When you turn over, it should be done with the whole arm in mind rather than just the hand.