Knuckle strikes

Strikes using one or more knuckles of the clinched fist.

  • One-knuckle Fist Strike. A strike that is usually used on soft body tissues. It is formed by extending the second joint of the first finger of a clenched fist until the joint is aligned with its first knuckle. The thumb then slides up and against the nail of the finger to strengthen the finger. The point of impact is the tip of the extended joint. Use only against soft targets.
  • Middle-knuckle Fist Strike. A strike that is usually used on soft body tissues. It is formed by extending the second joint of the second finger until it is aligned with its first knuckle. The thumb then slides up under the third joint of the finger to strengthen the finger. The point of impact is the tip of the extended joint. Use only against soft targets.
  • Fore knuckle Strike. A strike that is usually used to the philtrum, solar plexus, or soft body tissues. It is formed using the knife-hand described above, except the second joint of all the fingers are extended until aligned with their knuckles. The finger joints are held together tightly with the first joints curled backward tightly. Arch the palm backward. The points of impact are the tips of the four extended joints.
  • Thumb-knuckle Strike. A strike that is usually used to the base of the jaw. From a clenched fist, place the thumb on top of the fist and press the tip of the thumb into the side of the first finger so the thumb's second knuckle extends upward. The point of impact is the second knuckle of the thumb. Use only against soft targets.
  • Thumb base Strike. A strike, usually used to the base of the jaw. It is formed by using the ridge hand described above except the wrist bent outward. The point of impact is the base of the thumb just in front of the wrist. Use only against soft targets.
  • Base of knife-hand strike. A strike that is usually used to the neck or clavicle. It is formed by using the knife hand described above except the wrist is bent backward toward the base of the thumb. The point of impact is the rear area of the fleshly part of the outer hand just in front of the wrist knuckle.
  • Back hand strike. A strike that is usually used to the face or as a block. Formed by using the knife hand described above The point of impact is the back of the hand just under the knuckles.
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