I am attempting to integrate new types of strikes into my skillset here, and I got some questions from those that know more than me.
#1) I am working palm heel strikes that I learned from my time in Goju-ryu. Works fine in the air- keep fingers tucked, thumb in, etc. but when I strike a bag I just don’t feel that I’m getting a solid hit. Either that, or I feel that the blow is so jarring to my wrist that I feel I can’t be doing it correctly. The striking surface, if I’m correct, is the palm heel, i.e. the meaty part of your lower hand- very hard, and won’t break wrists. Is this something that you just have to work up to doing full speed on a heavy bag?
#2) Integrating elbow strikes. Learned the basics vertical and horizontals at the old dojo, however, am not sure that I’m transferring the correct amount of force. Coming from a boxing background, every time I strike I tend to use the hinge principle and try and put some leverage into the thing. However, I’m having trouble with the balance. How much force do you generally put into the elbow? The same as a lead hook? Or does the harder striking surface make up for lost velocity?
Any answers from some of you Muay Thai fuckers would be appreciated.