Alright! Great job on your stances and movement! Now it’s on to the basic hand techniques for self defense. There are various ways to strike with the hand but to start we are going to focus on the most effective punches and fist strikes. They are…(drum roll)……the straight lead (or jab), the cross, uppercut, hook, hammer fist and the palm heel. All of these strikes are done using the closed fist, with the exception of the palm heel strike.
These are the most effective basic hand techniques in striking. Watch the video for each hand technique and practice each one before moving on to the next. I recommend doing them in the order they are listed because they build upon each other from easiest to more difficult. Take your time, pause and review as much as you need to. Practice in front of a mirror to ensure proper form and as always, if you have any questions be sure to contact me!
That wraps up the basic hand techniques! Train hard, pay attention to detail, and when you are comfortable with all of the strikes, move on to the basic kicks. Great job! Keep up the great work warrior!