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The elbow pulls directly backward and the fist and forearm rotate outward so the fist ends in its original stating position at the hip (knuckles downward).
As the punching arm is punching toward its target, the non-punching elbow pulls directly backward to its corresponding hip. The fist and forearm rotate outward so the fist stop at hip with knuckles downward.
The powerful retraction of the non-punching fist adds the reaction force of the retraction to the force of the punching arm.
This action/reaction movement of the arms is used in all hand techniques.
Practicing the punch this way trains the body to use a full range of motion, but the punch is never used this way when sparring. It is usually used as a jab or reverse punch that starts from an on-guard position with the knuckles facing toward the opponent.
- Inverted Fore-Fist Punch. A fore-fist punch that rotates clockwise until the knuckles face downward.
- Reverse Punch. A straight fore-fist punch using the trailing hand is usually called a reverse punch. It is the most powerful punch because maximum duration of force, hip twist, and weight transfer can be fully applied to the punching fist. Similar to a cross.