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    Open vs. Closed Hand

    When it comes to striking, what is your tool of choice? For me, I prefer an open hand strike such as a palm heel, a hammerfist or an elbow over hitting with my closed fist. IMO, you're going to run less of a chance of getting a hand injury with an open handed strike. Don't get me wrong, I am certainly not saying that a closed fist is a bad idea, just taking into consideration that it may not always be the best choice.

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    Re: Open vs. Closed Hand

    I couldn't agree more..The old knuckles don't heal as fast as they use to for reason unknown..LOL
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    Re: Open vs. Closed Hand

    Quote Originally Posted by Drac
    I couldn't agree more..The old knuckles don't heal as fast as they use to for reason unknown..LOL
    My thoughts exactly!

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    Re: Open vs. Closed Hand

    Quote Originally Posted by Drac
    I couldn't agree more..The old knuckles don't heal as fast as they use to for reason unknown..LOL
    Same here. But it depends on target too. I don't mind putting the knuckles to the body. I'm strictly palm heel and elbows when it come to hitting someone in the head though.
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    Re: Open vs. Closed Hand

    I've broken my hand (through pads) punching to the head, so I try to train open hand to the head. I tried to use hammerfists, but I found that making a fist put me back in the habit of punching, so I've been moving away from that.

    Makes for a weird dichotomy in training though, its hard to spar without using the fist (providing padding for your opponent as well) but training other applications with the open hand.

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    Re: Open vs. Closed Hand

    I prefer open hand but am not unwilling to use a punch.

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    Re: Open vs. Closed Hand

    Quote Originally Posted by green meanie
    Same here. But it depends on target too. I don't mind putting the knuckles to the body. I'm strictly palm heel and elbows when it come to hitting someone in the head though.
    I agree. Sometimes a closed fist is called for. I like the heel hand, no knuckles to shred and the wrist is taken out of the equation too.
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    Re: Open vs. Closed Hand

    I'll use whatever will get me in. I like the haito (ridge hand strike) to the jawline and behind the ear. An empi (elbow strike) thrown in an overhand cutting motion to the temple or nose works nicely too.

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    Re: Open vs. Closed Hand

    Just depends on what I'm trying to get done & how the hand goes out.
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    Re: Open vs. Closed Hand

    There is an old adage for hand techniques:

    "Hard on soft, soft on hard."

    While it's not entirely valid, it does serve as a fair guideline. I prefer to keep the knuckles on soft targets, such as the abdomen, etc. Hammer fist, palm heel, etc., are for the hard targets (top of head, forehead, etc).

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    Re: Open vs. Closed Hand

    i think it all depends of the target you wish to strike. i too have heard the "adage" of using hard weapons to soft target and vice versa. but that gets one to think, what would be classifed as a hard weapon or a soft weapon?

    i personally prefer the ridgehand. it can be used in a multitude of directions and for many purposes. is it a soft or hard weapon? i've used it on both kinds of targets. cheekbones, jaw, side of the neck, the beans, the radials in the forearm, etc.

    the old "soft-hard, hard-soft" adage can be true, but it doesn't necessarily have to be.
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    Re: Open vs. Closed Hand

    Palm heel strikes to the face and jaw. Also elbows. Lower body: knees and elbows. I box and do bjj for fun but I dont usually walk around the street wearing my MMA gloves so its open hands for me!

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    Re: Open vs. Closed Hand

    Quote Originally Posted by Sapper6
    i too have heard the "adage" of using hard weapons to soft target and vice versa.
    Yet, with the stick, we like to strike bony targets! A stick to the kneecap hurts a lot more than one to the thigh. For open-hand I think hard-to-soft, soft-to-hard is good general advice, but I agree that it isn't as crisp a distinction as that.

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    Re: Open vs. Closed Hand

    I like the Sean Kelley statement "Slap the Head, Punch the Body and Kick the legs"

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    Re: Open vs. Closed Hand

    Quote Originally Posted by Navarre
    Preferably a tire iron.


    Oringinally posted by MJS
    When it comes to striking, what is your tool of choice?
    I prefer an open hand.

    Took this one from the thread in the TKD forum, didn't 'ya.
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