The rake strike is used in close quarters. It works well to get a subject off of you or to create space. Either leg can be forward or in any position. This strike will be used with a yawara stick. The stick starts off in a low position usually around waist level.
Using the butt end of the stick; you want to drive the stick straight up along the sternum area of the subject. Attack the areas where the person’s bones are close to the skin. Ribcage – Sternum - Face.
Keep you elbow in and the stick close to your body. You want the movements coming from the centerline of your body. However, the rake strike can move in various directions depending on your positioning.