View Full Version : Bas Rutten palm strikes?

6/24/2005 3:52pm,
Hi all,
Was reviewing a Bas highlight film and had a ? about something I noticed...
It seemed like in most of his attacks and counters, he was using an open handed palm strike for all of his punches.

Granted they were still devestating and many resulted in knockouts, is there a reason for this that would be an advantage when compared to a closed fist?

The vid was on www.fightvids.net and I had found the link in the general forum.

Just curious what people think

6/24/2005 4:02pm,
A lot of Bas' matches had rules that only allowed open palm strikes to the head.

6/24/2005 4:30pm,
Pancrase rules do not allow closed fist to the head. Most of Rutten's footage is from his Pancrase days.

The advantage is that you are less likely to break your hand, and your opponent is less likely to be cut, which could end the fight sooner because of the blood.

6/24/2005 4:35pm,
He was trying to not hurt his opponents.

6/24/2005 5:34pm,
Tell that to Funaki and Frank.

6/24/2005 6:57pm,
He was trying to not hurt his opponents.

Dude, a good palm strike can be devastating.

6/24/2005 8:01pm,
He was trying to not hurt his opponents.

So he just decided to punch them in their livers instead. Good call. :laughing6

6/24/2005 9:49pm,
He didn't mean to punch their livers. He was aiming for the gal bladder.