How to Punch with a Bare Hand for Self-Defense

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Learning how to punch can be confusing. Especially when the gloves come off.

Some people turn the fist, some don’t. Some hit with the big knuckles, some don’t. Some say you should never punch to the head in a street fight, some say that’s crazy talk.

So, what exactly is the best fist for a real street fight? All of them. And none of them. Here’s the rule—

The best fist is the one that fits. And that depends on two factors: your position and the intended target. It’s all about angles and contours.

Make it your goal to be able to adapt to any situation. Be able to hit any target from any position.

But be warned, punching in the air will not teach your hands how to punch. You’ve got to hit something solid. The more variety, the better.

Even when you spar with gloves on, bring awareness to your hands. Don’t just think about hitting, think about fitting.

And here’s a little secret for you…

Some say you shouldn’t punch to the head in a real fight, that you should only use a palm heel to avoid breaking your hand.

The truth is I teach that, too… but only to beginners! Once you know how to pick the right fist for the job, you can punch to the head without much danger.

So, don’t let anyone tell you you’re punching the wrong way… just do the work to make sure you learn how to punch the right way.

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WARNING: The advice and movements shown in this video are for informational and educational purposes only. Consult a doctor before engaging in any exercise or martial arts program.