How to clench my fist to punch (video)

How to clench the fist (to punch with the knuckles)

These are the steps in short (for a more detailed explanation read How to tighten the fist):

  • Let’s start with a completely opened hand
  • Let’s attach our straight fingers one by one
  • Let’s bend the fingers downward making the upper phalanxes touching the lower part of the hand
  • As to grab the skin below them, let’s pull it upward (until the fingers are closed)
  • Let’s lock everything overlapping the thumb to the index and middle fingers
  • We have to feel comfortable in this position
  • Another important rule is that our forearm must be aligned to our hand (read How to punch (simple explanation))

A note by Master Kongling – I didactically teach to do this, to understand the right moves but when we are in combat, we do not have to do all these steps: we have to simply close your punches (I know that this should be obvious but I have received specific questions about this, so I prefer to be precise saying something more instead of something less).

The 2 most common errors

The most common errors are:

  • To maintain the thumb parallel to the remaining 4 fingers (in reality there are a lot of methods to tighten the fist but if we do not know what we are doing, let’s avoid it, we risk to hurt ourselves for nothing)
  • To close our thumb inside our 4 fingers, this way we will break our thumb for sure

Final notes

A few conclusive tips:

  • The fist must be relaxed but closed
  • The only moment when the fist should be tightened (in our school) is an instant before the impact (as Bruce Lee was teaching)
  • .,.

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  • Do you feel comfortable with your fist closed?

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