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Hitting an attacker with his bare hands

Hitting an attacker with his bare hands

Hit an attacker with his bare hands.

It’s a very complicated topic even if it has a simple general rule, hit the hard parts with open hand and hit the soft parts with closed hand.

Simplifying(palm of the hand)soft against stiff(head)and hard(punch)against soft(body).

We talk about hard/soft, soft/hard to hit in combat.

What I mean is when it hits a hard surface of the body (i.e. skull, ribs, etc.), use a soft surface of the body (i.e.- open palm, etc.) and vice versa; hit a soft surface of your opponent with a hard surface of your body.

This helps maximize damage to your opponent and minimize damage to yourself during “the fight.”

A magician in open-handed hitting is
Bas Rutten
who in mixed martial arts was a master of this technique, even hitting the body with his palm.

Today bare-handed boxing is also back with the Bare Knukle Fighting Championship where UFC athletes and Muay Thai champions are also participating, as well as professional boxers where boxing shots are thrown with bare hands.

Bas Rutten

Also consider when you have your attacker on the ground and you are on you have to use the palm blow to the head, because when you move your head to the side in the rush you can hit the concrete and break your hand.

One of the first parades that was taught in ancient boxing, when gloves were not yet used was to use the head to break the knuckles/fingers of the opponent.

In the Panantukan del Kali Filipino one of the central defensive systems is the use of elbows to damage the hands of the aggressor, a very effective method that I have studied a lot because it allows you to create a vortex of parries and shots to be included in a devastating mix that makes this boxing system among the most effective and devastating.

Elbow gunting

All martial arts have built systems and methods to condition the hands and make them more robust and hard than normal to make the hands of the instruments suitable to strike with maximum power without breaking or fracturing.

Fist strokes should be modified to minimise the small bone parts of the fingers.

The Jab is the Cross must be pulled with the fist vertically, which can also be useful to pass between the attacker’s high guard, the Hook must be pulled with a vertical fist as explained in the Panantukan.

“Open Hand shot vs. Closed hand shot, the two options of striking with your hand.”

A question that is often asked is what is best to use in a situation of self-defense, whether to strike with a blow with the palm open or with a nice closed fist?.

While you think you’re asking this question is a good sign, it means you’re thinking about two options to hit that you can explore with your own pros and cons.

It is important to understand that different solutions can be effective for different people.

Factors such as mentality, strength, bone conditioning, size and your martial formation must be taken into account.

Of course there are pros and cons of these two options that have as a common goal of hitting an attacker by hand.


The upside of the clenched fist.

With a good punch you can knock out your opponent.

The punch looks very natural to most of us. It’s like we were born to punch. To switch to another technique as open palm can seem unnatural. This could make us hesitate and you can’t afford it, you don’t have to think but act much better.

You use bones,hard knuckles. This is very powerful.


The downside of the closed fist

Difficult – Many people, especially women or types of non-combatants, don’t really know how to make a punch.

As an instructor I can tell you that teaching someone for the first time how to punch properly is a challenging task.

It seems strange but especially with some women it is not easy to understand the closing of the fist and the correct alignment.

Sometimes I say to myself,“We learn first with an open-top shot, it’s easier to learn.”

Ps. I’m not a masculine they’re better at learning other shots.

Broken Hands – Many people in real Street Fighting situations actually break their hands as they strike.

Even the most experienced boxers have broken their hands in street fights.

Without the protection of a boxing glove the hand is quite fragile. If your fist meets the person’s hard head, for example, your fist loses and you break your hand.

If you target but hit with the outermost punch part, it’s easy to break some bones.

The choice of the correct targets,because use a bare hand punch in the personal defense effectively you have to understand where it can work and where it can not.

As you understand by now, some parts of the body are not good targets for punches, such as the upper head, against hard bones.


The bright side of the open hand

Using the open hand almost cancels the risk of hand injuries. If you hit with the palm of your hand you can not break your knuckles or fingers. Thus, it is relatively risk-free.

Almost every part of the head or neck can be an effective target and with little training you can use the palm shot.


The downside of the open hand shot

For those who are used to throwing punches it can be difficult to adjust to an open-handed attack. It is necessary to test the sack and the hitters to understand how to hit accurately and effectively.


How to condition your fists to hit with your bare hands

Now as you will have guessed to use the bare hand punch you need to strengthen your hands and for this there are different training methods.

Push-ups on fists

Take the standard position for push-ups. Make sure your back is straight and your feet are aligned behind your shoulders.

Perform this type of workout on a soft surface at the beginning such as carpet, a yoga mat, a rug, a tatami mat, or a lawn.

Over time, when these surfaces will seem comfortable and you no longer have trouble doing push-ups on your knuckles, you can switch to hard floors or concrete.

Place the weight on the first two knuckles of each hand. While you’re in the position to perform push-ups, lock your hands one at a time and put them on the floor.

You have to use your fists instead of your palms to support yourself.

Concentrate so that most of your body weight is supported by the first two knuckles of your hand.

If this type of training is too easy for you, you can rest on your fingertips. You can perform push-ups on the knuckles alternating with those on your fingertips.

Do you remember
Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee, New104.

Perform push-ups with the weight of the body that must always be supported by the knuckles.

If you struggle to support the weight on the knuckles use a softer surface or run them on the knees.

At the beginning it is normal that you feel a little pain and that the skin that covers the knuckles becomes irritated but you are doing a conditioning;

Perform as many push-ups as you can in this condition but initially trained on a soft surface.

Gradually increase the number of repetitions as the training progresses and the hardness of the surface.

If your hands hurt a lot, stop exercising until your knuckles are healed.

If you need to stabilize the support, you can use your thumbs.

Place them on the ground to maintain balance, if you realize that you tend to sway or fall.


Hit the bag without gloves.


Bandage your hands, use heavy cotton bands to cover your hands and avoid injuries.

Never use a heavy bag without first protecting your hands in this way, even if your goal is to strengthen your knuckles.

Hit the bag without gloves.

This increases the pressure on the bones of the hand and makes the whole hand including the knuckles more resistant.

Start slowly and gradually increase the power but go calmly try to understand how the dynamics change by bare hand and how you have to readjust many aspects when hitting.

Start with sessions from a few minutes a day and gradually increase from week to week. For example, take a round without gloves.

Add this exercise to your usual workout routine to start seeing results, but don’t overdo it.

If you feel pain, give your knuckles a break and don’t hit the bag without gloves until the pain has completely disappeared when you hit or crush your knuckles with your hands; massage, put some cream.

Ps. Repeat!!! This exercise is not always to be done and does not have to be a whole packed training session. Protect your hands.


Sandbag or rice hanging on the wall.

This simple tool you have to use it to hit and strengthen your hands like??


Exercise1: In front, stick your fingertips to the sack and hit it by punching you. So you’re hitting by a few centimeters.

Exercise2 : Now from a standstill from the guard position you throw the shot first with one hand several times and then with the other. Now strike from guard distance. I recommend listening. Start slowly.


bucket with rice or sand (or stones)

image imageTake a container that must be larger than the size of your fist at least 4 times or even deeper enough to hold 12.5 cm of rice. Fill it with raw rice.

Look for plastic pots in DIY or gardening shops are fine.

Put your hands in the rice and grab it and rotate the knuckles inside the bowl, rubbing them on the cereal.

Squeeze the rice very hard and then let it fall back into the bucket.

To create more pressure, you can push your fist into the rice and turn it.

He throws punches at the rice.

Stop when you feel pain or if your skin breaks.

Do this gradually.

Perform this type of exercise for a few minutes as an integral part of your routine and complete it with other knuckled strengthening methods if you want to get great results.

Keep the container with rice close to where you are.

Some martial arts experts replace rice with sand, but it is a harder and rougher practice.

Use rice, unless you’re training under the supervision and guidance of a professional instructor who advises you on other materials.

Put your thumb deep into the rice.

Repeat for each finger and remember that the more the hand contact on the cereal and the greater the pressure exerted, then you will strengthen the knuckles more and more.

Take a break if you notice bleeding or experience very strong pain.

Squeeze the rice into the strongest hands you can and then release it.

Grab a handful of them and close your fist with all your might.

This exercise not only strengthens the knuckles, but the whole hand; repeat it several times and put it in your normal training schedule.

Ps. The variant with stones you can do the exercise becomes heavy, if you want to try but look for smoothed river stones.


✔ Makiwara of karate

This very old tool has been used specifically to condition the knuckles of the hand for centuries.

To use it ask some expert karate practitioner for advice.Karate


✔IAcellaneous Attractions

  • Stretch your hands. Spread them with your palms facing you. Fold the fingertips of each finger, individually, towards the palm holding the position for 30-60 seconds. If you want to delve deeper look at what they do to warm up and strengthen Chin Na practitioners.


  • Use a spring tool to strengthen your grip. Train with this tool that you can take anywhere and train even while you wait in traffic. If your hand is stronger, so are your knuckles. Repeat the exercise for each hand. These simple, low-cost tools come in many different models and shapes; try some to strengthen your hands. Choose the hardness that’s right for you to get started.image
  • Grab a barbell and squeeze it hard for 90 seconds. Choose one and wrap it with a towel to avoid wetting it with sweat and lose your grip. Hold it tightly in your hands for 90 seconds and then release it. Repeat this exercise several times.


  • Continuously squeeze a rubber ball for 90 seconds or squeeze it in your hand for 90 seconds and then release the grip; perform three repetitions for each hand. Use a tennis ball or possibly you can also use some pongo that I find in stationeryimage


  • Tear up a newspaper. Overlay pieces of newspaper on top of each other and fold them in half. At this point tear them until you have reduced the paper to small pieces. Repeat the process several times to tear up the whole daily.


  • Use an elastic band to strengthen your hands. Grab the end with one hand, your fingers and palm should be facing up. The other end is under one foot. You should take a position where the affected arm is along the side, bent 90 degrees. With the other hand he grabs his wrist to support it as you bend your fingers and wrist itself by stretching the elastic band. Run 4 sets of 10 repetitions. Repeat for both hands. This exercise also strengthens your wrists.


  • Grab a disc with your fingers and hold it up, when your hand is tired you pass it to the other hand.


  • Kettlebell,use kettlebells. I’m not going to add anything else because it strengthens your hands and wrists.image


  • Traction at the bar. Soon I will make an article where I explain how to strengthen the grip so it is easier to understand how to use the bar also to strengthen your hands and grip.

Pull Up

Now important !!!

  • If your knuckles hurt, leave them to rest until they are more sensitive to touch.
  • If you experience intense pain or your hands bleed, immediately stop this type of training, because you are exaggerating, the process must be very gradual, you do not have to be in a hurry.
  • Limit the duration of training to strengthen the knuckles. Run sessions no longer than 20-25 minutes twice a week.
  • Always hit and strengthen the outer two knuckles; especially those of the middle and index finger that are supported by stronger metacarps.
  • Don’t overdo the exercise, otherwise you’re going to get hurt. Listen to yourself without rushing.
  • You’re going to have lousy hands and they’re going to lose some of the mobility.


Alignment of the fists!!!

Fist alignment errors
A great exercise to find the right setup is what I told you before, that is to perform the bends on the punches, having the honesty to support only the first two knuckles.

Always with graduality and moderation, start with a few push-ups and on surfaces not too hard like the tatami or putting a carpet, then go on parquet or stone floors.

No violent bumps, only in support.

The fist adjusts itself and the muscles that stabilize the wrist learn to work properly.

One tip I give you is also to perform bends on the wrists in the various directions to strengthen the wrist which is crucial if you want to hit with the closed fist but also with the open hand.

Stay Tuned!

Street Fight Mentality & Fight Sport


Ps. Do you really need all this??. This work if done without criterion remember that it will expose you to arthritis and severe joint problems. Throwing punches on the wall, the fire extinguishers, the trees is C’s head, you just get hurt.

Con una passione per la difesa personale e gli sport da combattimento, mi distinguo come praticante e fervente cultore e ricercatore sulle metodologie di allenamento e strategie di combattimento. La mia esperienza abbraccia un vasto panorama di discipline: dal dinamismo del Boxing alla precisione del Muay Thai, dalla tecnica del Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu all'energia del Grappling, dal Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW) all'intensità del Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Non solo insegno, ma vivo la filosofia di queste arti, affinando costantemente metodi e programmi di allenamento che trascendono il convenzionale. La mia essenza si riflette nell'autodifesa: Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), Dirty Boxing, Silat, l'efficacia del Jeet Kune Do & Kali, l'arte della scherma con coltelli e bastoni, e la tattica delle armi da fuoco. Incarno la filosofia "Street Fight Mentality", un approccio senza fronzoli, diretto e strategico, unito a un "State Of Love And Trust" che bilancia l'intensità con la serenità. Oltre al tatami, la mia curiosità e competenza si spingono verso orizzonti diversi: un blogger professionista con la penna sempre pronta, un bassista dal groove inconfondibile e un artigiano del coltello, dove ogni lama è un racconto di tradizione e innovazione. Questa sinfonia di abilità non solo definisce la mia identità professionale, ma dipinge il ritratto di un individuo che nella diversità trova la sua unica e inconfondibile voce e visione. Street Fight Mentality & Fight Sport! Andrea


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