Beginner Martial Arts Palm Strikes

I often start beginning students with palm strikes. This is an especially good technique if you are experiencing hitting frustrations. If your punch isn’t strong enough, if it’s not fast enough, then taking the following steps could be the answer.

Palm strokes for beginners
It is easier to position your hands precisely for an open palm strike than a closed fist strike. With a punch, you need to pack your fingers properly, worry about thumb placement and wrist alignment, not to mention which knuckles will make contact with the target.

You have a lot to think about and get right.

With an open palm strike, the fingers are spread out of the way and struck with the open palm. You just have to worry about the proper position of the elbow.

Problems with the palms
One of the problems of beginners in palm hitting is that they telegraph their intention. For whatever reason, they feel the need to raise their arms before attacking. This two-move punch, unless you’re an expert, is way too slow.

You have to place the palm in the correct position, as the arm and hand are on their way to the target. One line, one movement.

By the time the hand reaches the target, the fingers are withdrawn and the palm is taut, ready to strike.

Best practices for success at the beginning
Take the time to practice this technique in super slow motion.

Note: I continue to enact the practice of slow motion. Many ignore my recommendation. Oh good.

If you practice the palm of your hand in slow motion, you have a chance to correct your telegraph before it happens. Draw an imaginary line to your goal. Don’t let your hand get out of line.

Very direct … straight … and slow.

Position now, power later
Once you get the right shot in slow motion, increase your speed.

You are with me?

You want to increase the speed of the technique progressively. Every time your punch gets sloppy, take a step back. Slow down again.

If you get the proper position now, we can worry about your power later.

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