Taekwondo hand strikes are performed as a close distance alternative to kicks. They are executed in a number of ways - from standing, jumping, spinning and rushing forwards. Hand strikes make up fast combinations of strikes which can leave an opponent stunned and unable to defend himself.
•Fist Strikes ( 지르기 jireugi ) - techniques striking with fist
•Striking Techniques ( 치기 chigi ) - techniques striking with twisting force of body excluding techniques using fist or fingertips
•Thrusting techniques ( 찌르기 Jjireugi ) - techniques striking with finger tips
•Chopping techniques ( 찍기 Jjikgi ) - techniques striking with curled fingers
Various surfaces of the hand may be engaged as the striking surface depending on which area of the opponents body which is being targeted. This leads to a large array of hand positions. Tae Kwon Do also makes use of reverse and front elbow strikes.