Sonny S wrote:
Inspired by the Which MA? thread, I thought I’d see what you feel would be the best first strike/s to execute in a fight.
If I could kick accurately, I would certainly go for a leg kick. They are extremely painful, devastating to someone who’s never taken one, unexpected, allow one to stay out of their opponent’s punching range and are safer and simpler to throw than high kicks which require more balance and finesse.
Second choice would be for a combo of eye rakes then a)heel of the palm strikes and b) an elbow.
What exactly is the point of palm strikes? Less range than a punch, and a softer surface. Is there something I’m missing?
Potentially more power for 2 reasons: (a) The hand is possibly the weakest link in the punching chain (small bones etc) so the palm strike (using the heel of the hand as the point of contact) effectively allows you to hit with the end of your forearm bone which = very hard hitting; and (b) relaxation is essential for hard/fast punching. Try tensing all the muscles in your arm and throwing a fast punch. You cant. The law of irradiation prevents you from relaxing muscles proximate to muscles which are tense, By striking with an open hand, you can relax the arm more and punch faster and consequently, harder.
Safety. This comes back to the point that the bones of the knuckle are typically smaller and weaker than the bones of just about any part of your opponent that you would want to hit (especially on the head). I cant count how many times I’ve heard of someone breaking their hand by punching someone.
Indeed. Now you can break your hand but it is usually the last 2 knuckles on your hand. The pinkie and the ring finger. If you make a fist and hit with only the first 2 knuckles then they are very hard to break. Because like the palm strike the first 2 knuckles line up with the bones in your forearm. Now granted not everyone can hit everytime with just thoughs 2 knuckles. But, any kind of MA training teaches both. A palm strike for close up and then to hit with the first 2 knuckles from a distance. Both are still very effective.
Maximum damage. This is a smaller point but once you’ve hit someone in the face with a palm, things like grabs, scratches, gouges, holds etc are easier to apply immediately following the strike.
Telegraphing. If I’m going to hit someone, I dont want to let them know I’m going to do it; gives them a chance to do something about it. I want to get my hand close to them before I do it (forget about huge swings to pick up speed - you need to be able to hit a VERY short range with maximum power and that means training that skill hard). An open hand is easy to get near someone. Try getting a fist near them without giving away what you are doing…
Good stuff, I agree. Both have their place.