preventing injury to your hands when strikingI read that old bare knuckle boxers rarely suffered hand fractures because they punched vertically instead of the horizontal punches today. In addition many existing martial arts such as Wing Chun punch vertically exactly for the reason to prevent injuries to the hand.
However I tried hitting a punching bag without gloves recently using vertical fists and my hands were sore and hurting by the end of the workout! So I am doubting this. However even Bruce Lee tended to prefer vertical hits irl in contrast to his movies when fighting in the streets without gloves so there must be something I'm missing.
Can anyone clarify? I mean Jack Dempsey even stated when he was a bouncer he preferred vertical punches for safety reasons despite fighting primarily as a boxing battler in the streets and many street boxing systems take a page or two from Jack Dempsey's experiences! Not to mention many Krav strikes are vertical fists in the way bare knuckle boxing before Marquis Queensberry rules and Wing Chun fighters hit!
has to do with a straight wrist and the alignment
of striking knuckles to the Radius bone in the arm.
One punch does not work for all striking.
A vertical fist is used to attack the center line,
If striking overhand or hooking , the fist must be
rotated or over-rotated, to maintain correct
alignment when striking .
Even practicing with correct alignment your hands
are going to be sore , your knuckles will sometimes
swell, it is your bodies reaction to the stress of