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    Hi everyone, my name is James. The only form of martial arts I've learned, although most of it has been forgotten, was Tae Kwon Do. I'm interested in learning a form of martial arts that focuses on open palm strikes, and something that is useful for self defense. I'm twenty one years old, and after work besides going to the gym, I need more things to fill my time. Any suggestions would be great and very much appreciated.

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    Why the preference for open palmed strikes?

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      #3
      Best way for us to help is to give us a list of schools around you--regardless of styles--or your location (so we can find them ourselves) and we'll spit game about which ones look good and which don't. Websites and instructor names help.
      What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Xenophon's Socrates

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        #4
        Bas Rutten pancrase, not a style but he heavily abused peoples faces with palm strikes.

        Frank Shamrock may beg to differ though.

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          #5
          I've always liked training, or at least messing around, using open palm strikes. It just felt better than throwing a punch, and since I have long limbs I have a longer reach, open palm seems faster than a clenched fist.

          Around me is Hampton Roads Karate, Shotokan Karate, Soo Bahk Do Karate, Tiger Martial Arts Academy.

          The list goes on and on, there's a lot around me. But they mostly seem to be karate, and I'm not sure that's the kind of martial arts I want to learn/practice. There's a Ninjutsu school nearby too, but I don't think it's legit. One that caught my eye since I registered on these forums is Bushido Mixed Martial Arts. It's in Portsmouth, about 30-45 mins away depending on traffic.

          Thank you for all the replies, again, the help is appreciated.

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            #6
            This may not be what you want to hear, but a good way to develop open hand striking is to learn to box & then mix up your boxing with ungloved palm strikes to the heavy bag or the focus mitts. In my (limited) experience, & from what I've seen, The mechanics of moving your body to generate power & to defend don't vary much between open hand & closed fist.

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              #7
              Welcome to Bullshido!

              Originally posted by Tymerecall View Post
              I'm interested in learning a form of martial arts that focuses on open palm strikes, and something that is useful for self defense. I'm twenty one years old, and after work besides going to the gym, I need more things to fill my time. Any suggestions would be great and very much appreciated.
              Hmm. I'm not sure about open palm strikes, but as to the second part of the question:

              First of all, I'd recommend you take a look at the FAQ (if that's broken, use this link) on finding a good martial arts school. In general, signs to look for are a competitive record, regular heavy contact sparring and 'aliveness' (if you're unfamiliar with the term, Matt Thornton has a long article on the topic describing what it is and why it's important: he is the man most associated with popularising the concept. One of his students also has a good piece on the topic).

              If your interest is mainly in striking, the safest option if you want decent training is muay thai (which you'll also see as 'thai boxing'), along with martial arts like boxing and kyokushin karate. That's not to say there aren't good schools within other striking styles, but they tend to vary widely in quality.

              If you're more interested in grappling, then BJJ would be an excellent choice, as the strong competitive element and ability-based ranking system generally results in high quality training. A cheaper option is judo, which is also much easier to find - the two styles are closely related, the main difference being that judo normally focuses on throws whereas BJJ is mostly about the ground. For more on judo, read the Bullshido.com article - there is an article on BJJ too (you could also check my BJJ Beginner FAQ). SAMBO is another good choice, but even harder to find than BJJ. Then there's wrestling, which is also great training for grappling.

              Alternately, you could combine grappling and striking by cross-training in several arts, or at an MMA gym (though technically 'MMA' is a ruleset rather than a specific style). Examples of well known MMA gyms would be Team Quest and Miletich Fighting Systems.

              Finally, you could try having a look through the dojo reviews section, which might yield something more specific to your area, or use the search function (the link is at the top right of the page).

              There are also several school databases you could try. For example, for BJJ:

              TrainJiuJitsu.com
              Gym Database (BJJ, MMA etc)
              UK Club Map
              BJJ Beginner FAQ, Artemis BJJ, GrappleThon.org (BJJ for Charity)

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                #8
                Originally posted by Tymerecall View Post
                I've always liked training, or at least messing around, using open palm strikes. It just felt better than throwing a punch, and since I have long limbs I have a longer reach, open palm seems faster than a clenched fist.
                My suggestion would be to keep an open mind. It's not to say that there is no place for open handed strikes, but there's a reason why nobody uses them in the ufc (other than padding on the knuckles).

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