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    Can palm strikes deliver a knockout?

    Kung Fu seem's to rely on the palm strike, so I'm wondering if it can actually deliver a knockout by itself?

    Has anyone knocked out someone from this technique alone?

  • #2
    i dont really like palm strkes. people say they are better cause they reduce injury to ur hands, but its actually pretty easy to injure ur wrist using palm strikes. if the stike isnt perfect, u will bend ur hand backwards.

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    • #3
      Palm strikes can, indeed, deliver knockout. I have done so in an inter club "Shoot" competiton a few years ago.

      The palm is not quite as hard a striking surface as the knuckles but, of course, is far harder than a gloved fist. It is true that you can injure your wrist when palm striking, as I have done it myself. But you can injurue your wrist, small hand bones, knuckles and skin when punching. All in all the rist with the palm is less than that with the fist.

      But it is not true to say that the palm strike has to be "perfect". Far from it, there is a wide margin for error.

      Good palm heels into the jaw can easily cause knockout, and hard "slaps" into the side of the face or behind the ear can also.

      To each his own!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Thai Bri
        Palm strikes can, indeed, deliver knockout. I have done so in an inter club "Shoot" competiton a few years ago.

        The palm is not quite as hard a striking surface as the knuckles but, of course, is far harder than a gloved fist. It is true that you can injure your wrist when palm striking, as I have done it myself. But you can injurue your wrist, small hand bones, knuckles and skin when punching. All in all the rist with the palm is less than that with the fist.

        But it is not true to say that the palm strike has to be "perfect". Far from it, there is a wide margin for error.

        Good palm heels into the jaw can easily cause knockout, and hard "slaps" into the side of the face or behind the ear can also.

        To each his own!
        The palm strike is useful when you want to hit hard surfaces on an opponent's body (i.e. his head) and don't feel like breaking your knuckles. You sacrifice maybe a few inches of reach and a smidge of power, but they are effective.

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        • #5
          Also palm strikes are easier if you actually already have a hold of the person. This way you can pull them towards you with one hand while hitting them under the jaw or nose with a palm stike. You can get a lot more power behind rabbit punches than regular punches. I dont think anyone would doubt that a palm strike to the back of the skull would knock people out.
          But to answer your question, I have never knocked someone out using this technique alone.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by bbbb
            Can palm strikes deliver a knockout?

            Kung Fu seem's to rely on the palm strike, so I'm wondering if it can actually deliver a knockout by itself?

            Has anyone knocked out someone from this technique alone?
            I use Palm Strike when i notice the hard wall is near at the back of my sparring partner......

            my intention is the "double action" like in a bullet...... i hit my opponent's solarplexus while he hit his own back against the hard wall......

            Note:
            since when you want to push the heavy cabinet.... you use your PALMS and not your FIST to push the heavy cabinet......

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            • #7
              Striking with open hands allows the "CHI" to flow more naturally allowing you to focus more power. Also, palm strikes are great because you are able to deliver more snap in them thus producing more power.

              sdizier

              http://www.thelawofthefist.com

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              • #8
                palms are a close attace but not as close are elbows. The main bonus of a palm is the pushing power and the stopping power, apart from that it's secondary attack changes to a grapple and any charging attack. Palms are best at it's defence, not attack really, palms make it easy to deflect and stop attacks and sends opponent back further than and fists. The science of the palm is that it disperses alot more energy evenly across the hand, reducing the attack easier and in attack the damage is dispersed in a larger area, causes less damage but a larger "push", much like a shot gun.

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                • #9
                  rabbit punch

                  BBBB
                  sorry about that.
                  A rabbit punch is a strike to the back of the skull.
                  Not the same as a palm stike. However a palm strike to the back of the skull could easily knock someone out or cause serious damage.

                  Thanks for the PM

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                  • #10
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                    • #11
                      My first brick brake was from a palm strike.

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                      • #12
                        Pancrase used to only allow open-hand strikes as well, due to the risk of damaging a fighter's knuckles in the ring. Watch some of Bas Rutten's fights and you'll see how well a palm strike can knock someone out

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                        • #13
                          Palm strikes can easily knock someone out and they don't have to be precision techniques at all.

                          In fact, a palm strike to the side of the jaw can break it...as proof take my brother's jaw, which I smashed in a horrific display of poor control when I was much younger and foolish. Luckily they mend quite well...but he still smiles funny

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                          • #14
                            palm strikes

                            Kung-Fu does rely on palm strikes but it has many other attacks as well. The effectiveness of your palm strike will go up if you practice things such as iron palm where you strike progressivly harder surfaces with diffrent hand positions(effectively conditionong your whole hand) and rubbing certain ointments on it to keep deforming and permanent injury from happening. Some iron palm systems conditioning takes only 4 months of conditioning others take years such as longpalm.

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                            • #15
                              I have been KO and Ko with the palm strike

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