Read Philip Starr's book Martial Mechanics: Maximum Results with Minimum Effort in the Practice of the Martial Arts
Originally Posted by MMAMickey
It has very good breakdown on why certain strikes work the way they do and thus a reader with some hand-to-hand experience will understand (at least I did) which punches are best suited for which set of knuckles (1st two or last three).
I could go into details if so desired (my local library has it)
I've got my black belt in Kyokushin and everything we do here (in Japan) is bare knuckle.
You know how we strike with the first two knucles being slightly extended and all that. I also am a Wing Chun user and with that I see a very good principle of using short distance for rapid punching. Once again, this is done bare knuckle and full contact, but with our last three knuckles.
The MMA guys will argue up and down that they are right and traditionalist are wrong.
But I don't need to argue with them, I know what works for me and I'm not insecure about myself and what I do to argue that I'm always right.
I say find what works for you. Experiement. That's what training is for. The only real way to learn is to do it yourself.
^ sort of agree. There's this concept of optimum striking angles that the book covers.
e.g. Assuming no changes in body structure/stance, the sunfist (aka WC punch) delivers effective striking between 90° to 45°, whereas, the traditional straight punch is effective from 90° to 135°.
Granted there's way around it by changing body structure/stance, but I think its comparing apples to oranges.
Right, i'm not going to go off on a Chun tangent.. I'm not even going to complain that you use the last three knuckles..
Originally Posted by Mr.Tanuki
but in 'close range' chain punching is the absolute least effective technique available. seriously. I could fart at that range and do more damage.
I'm sure you could with such a claim.
Originally Posted by MMAMickey
It's worked for me in a real fight and that's all that matters to me. It's helped me in my Kyokushin kumite as well. I use it because it's good for me.
It may not be good for MMA, but that is a whole other ballgame.
It's highly effective against someone who isn't a martial artist and just wants to pick a fight with the wrong martial artist.
It also matters where your target on the body is being hit. Are you hitting him in the shoulder or are you hitting him on the chin? Is it hitting his cheek or hitting him in the solar plexus?
For the time it takes for one haymaker to reach the target you could have struck the person several times with chain punching.
I think it makes a good deal of sense.
The problem isn't in the technique. The problem is within yourself. That's my personal belief.
Thank you for the reference.
My sport 'combative' experience was in free-style wrestling and judo, when I was a teen. At that time and place, grappling was not as sophisticated as today. My 'street' experience consisted mostly of punching, fisticuffs. I've no memory of what knuckles I used, but never injured a hand hitting a person. The only knuckle injury came after I lost my temper and hit a metal elevator cab wall. A few minutes after I walked away, noticed the first right knuckle was swollen three times normal size.
Anyway, I keep coming across styles pushing different methods and wanted to learn from others' experience.
Fingers have no muscles? How do you suppose they move then?
Originally Posted by alpha2six
In middle school I got in a fight with this one kid who no one liked. I was a really nice kid, kinda harmless as a puppy. One of those psycho snap moments. I was hitting with middle knuckles. It grazed his chin the wrong way and ended up with boxer fracture. I told mom it was just a sprain and it was fine, and my mom took me to the hospital anyways.
Doc thought it was funny, and told me not to get in any more fights. (I grew up in part of Korea where kids fight all the time, it was kind of "accepted" there.)
Bone behind knuckle broken in two places, barely hanging on. In X-ray it looked like it was floating. Bonesetting was pretty hardcore painful. Like forcing and jamming it back in place. Hand bent in a half D shape over and over and over and over and over again.
Felt every damn second of it.. Doc yelling "stop crying you wuss!"
Anyways, I don't think its a reason not to punch with middle knuckles but my master at the time told it was because I didn't listen to his advice about knuckles #1,2.
The muscles are in the palm, and up to the mid-forearm.
Originally Posted by jspeedy
They anchor on to your fingers. That's how your fingers move. That's like saying your chest has no muscles because your pec technically anchors onto your shoulder.
Originally Posted by Bugeisha