Alternate Name(s) "The Swallow"
User(s) Hama Dankichi
Alexander Volg Zangief
Kazuki Sanada
Kimura Tatsuya
First Appearance
Manga N/A
Similar Technique(s)
Similar technique(s) Flicker Jab
The Hien is an unpredictable jab. Its name takes credit to the Japanese word for "Swallow". Swallows, the aviary type, are known to be quite agile and can quickly change course and direction in flight, hence why the name fits so well.

Hama Dankichi invented and used this technique. Kazuki Sanada used this technique quite expertly against Makunouchi Ippo in Ippo's first Title Defense.


What makes the Hien different from usual jabs comes from the fact the left is not being pulled in completely. It stops halfway, then abruptly flies back at the opponent. Arm, elbow, and wrist rotation is applied so the punch can change trajectory; depending on how they are bent, multiple variations could be made like left jab to hook, to upper and immediately to another left jab.

The Hien shares glaring similarities to the flicker jab and Sawamura's bullet.

Strengths and WeaknessesEdit

The speed at which these different punches can be linked together can be astounding. Feinting between different punches isn't rare in boxing, but you normally can't do it with one arm. It is much less complicated to read feints when it's just about discerning a right from a left.

Mike Elliot noticed that the user has to stomp down on the ground in order to add power to the Hien, so by glancing at their lead foot, he could tell when it was coming.