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After a punching drill without hand protection I noticed I lost the first layer of skin from my second knuckle, indicating (at least to my untrained eyes) that I was favoring that knuckle on impact. I asked my instructor about the "correct" striking surface for a front punch and he said that I should impact the first two knuckles equally. However, Lawrence Kane writes, "connect with only your first two knuckles (80 percent impact on the first knuckle)," in Fighter's Fact Book 2.

So which is it, favor the first knuckle or strike with both equally? Or is this a philosophical difference or difference of strategy?
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Date:August 2nd, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
Different styles, schools, and teachers preach different technique. Most kung fu styles say to hit with the last three because they have more support, it lessens the strain of impact on your bone structure, and the slightly more spread force is more likely to do internal damage. Most karate styles advocate the first two knuckles because they are the strongest knuckles, as their corresponding digits are more dominant than the wring and pinky fingers.It also lessens the surface area of the impact, thus generating more pressure and therefore more force. A lot (though certainly not all) of boxers I've seen use the flat of their fist, whether they're taught to or not, because it is simpler not to have to focus on developing wrist structure and because their gloves tend to take out any effect of knuckle focus. And, again, as with kung fu, the flat fist method may not break bones as easily, but it will certainly deliver all of your weight into a liver or cerebrum.

It all comes down to what you are trying to do and the circumstances under which you are trying to do it.
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Date:August 5th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)

Given the second knuckle protrudes more than the first, i'd imagine trying to favour the first knuckle would end up spreading the impact evenly a lot of the time.

That's my guess anyway.
Date:April 9th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
In ITF Taekwondo they say to hit with the two main knuckles because you put too much stress on your wrist and there is the possibility of breaking your hand.

You should also forge the hand itself so it gets used to the impact.
Don't break the skin, bruise it. Otherwise it doesn't work.
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