The correct path is determined by the position and angle of the target surface in relation to the attacker. To be most effective, the hand attack must strike the target surface at a 90 degree angle, going straight into the target, so that maximum force can be concentrated into the target. Striking the target at an angle may still be effective, just not as effective as an attack that travels straight into the target.
- Keep the upper body perpendicular to the ground. Do not lean.
- Form the attacking hand correctly and firmly.
- Be sure the hand travels to the target along the most direct route.
- When withdrawing the hand to the side, pull it back as if to hit the hip. Withdraw the hand at maximum speed.
- Keep the shoulders relaxed and in a natural position. There is a tendency for the shoulders to rise or for one shoulder to move ahead of the other.
- Tense the abdominal muscles at impact.
- Breathing should be coordinated with the attacking motion to develop effective focus.
- The stance from which the technique is delivered must be strong and stable.
- Power comes from the use of the hips and the pivot leg, not just the arms and shoulders.
- To extend the range of a hand attack, either move the entire stance toward the target, or widen the distance between the feet and lower the hips. Don't lean forward with the upper body, or reach with the shoulder.
- Only strike the head with open hand strikes. Save punches for the soft parts of the torso and neck. The exception to this rule is when you use a hammer fist. You can close your fist and still hit to the hard parts with the bottom of your fist without damaging your hands.
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