Go to Hand Strikes
OPEN HAND STRIKES
The open hand strike utilizes the padded edge of the palm
on the little finger side. It is sometimes referred to as a
hand sword as the action of the strike is similiar to the
cutting action of a samurai sword. Form the weapon by
completely extending the four fingers held together and
tucking the thumb at the first joint towards the palm. The
strike can be delivered in a variety of ways:
- Vertical - Cock the arm up and swing the strike down
as if chopping wood.
- Horizontal(palm up) - The starting position is
similar to the inside block. Swing the strike
horizontally keeping the palm up. The end position should
see the fingers pointing straight forward.
- Horizontal(palm down) - The starting position is
similar to the reverse outside block. Swing the strike
horizontally twisting the palm down. Targets: various
points on head, neck, ribs, etc.
The hammer fist strikes are similar to the open
hand strikes. Start with the open hand position and curl
the fingers one joint at a time towards the palm. Tuck
the thumb along the second row of finger joints. The
striking surface is the same as the open hand(the edge of
the palm-only now it is more massive). The strike is
delivered in the same ways as the open hand. Targets:
various points on head, neck, ribs, etc.
Start with the open hand position and while
keeping the index finger rigid curl the last three
fingers until the tip of the index finger is exposed. The
striking surface is the tip of the finger. Deliver the
strike with a jabbing action. The palm is kept facing to
the side. Targets: eyes, trachea, solar plexus, and
various nerve plexus.
Start with the open hand position. Tuck the last
two fingers in and spread the index and middle fingers.
Turn the palm down. deliver the strike in a thrusting
motion. Targets: primary targets are the eyes.
Start with the dual spears position and then
touch the thumb to the last two fingers to "soften" the
index and middle fingers. The strike is delivered in a
"flicking" action to the eyes. Target: eyes
Open the hand and "stretch" the fingers out as
far as possible. Then bend all 5 fingers at the 1st and
2nd joints to form a claw. The strike is delivered in a
thrusting motion and then twisted to the sides twice to
find the eyes. Target: rip and claw opponent's
PANTHER'S STRIKE (Also known as a half-fist)
Uses the second joints of all four fingers. The
fingertips are curled toward the palm. Keep the back of
the hand in line with the wrist. Targets: throat,
Uses the area between the base of the thumb and
the base of the index finger as the initial striking
surface and then the thumb, index and middle finger close
to "rip and tear". Spread the thumb and second two
fingers to form a hook. Tuck the last two fingers out of
the way. Deliver the strike with the palm down and
horizontal. Close the thumb and two fingers and pull out.
Targets: primary target is the throat.
Start with an open hand strike and tuck the
thumb in until it almost touches the base of the little
finger. This strike utilizes that part of the palm
between the base of the forefinger and the base of the
thumb. To strike at the temple: extend the strike out
palm up until almost extended, then rotate the palm down
sharply, whipping the strike at the target. Targets:
side of head, groin, throat, neck and chin
The fingers are tightly clenched like that of
the normal fist(see 8-exercise for instructions of making
a fist); only the back(or top) of the middle and index
finger knuckles are used for striking. The strike is
delivered in a whipping action, snapping at the wrist
upon completion of the strike. Targets: Temple, nose,
solar plexus, etc.
This strike differs from the back fist in that the
striking surface is the front part of the middle and index
finger knuckles. Hyperextend the normal fist(palm up) at the
wrist. Push the strike towards the target as opposed to
whipping as with the backfist. Targets: Base of nose,
cheekbones, chin, temple, etc.