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Old 07-18-2006, 08:49 AM   #16
Dojo: Aunkai, Tokyo
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Join Date: Oct 2004
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Re: Suckerpunched, ouch

Matthew Gano wrote:
My point is simply that the first two knuckles aren't the only viable striking points in a punch. There are more than one or two people who support the three-knuckle punch. Wikipedia-"Wing Chun practitioners punch with a vertical fist...The impact is made with the bottom three knuckles, which keeps the wrist in proper alignment and reduces risk of injury to the wrist. Wing Chun punches are always linear with the elbow pointed down. This makes the punch faster and structurally stronger, as the skeletal alignment is better than a horizontal punch."
There will always be debate as to which is better, but I don't think one is inherantly better than another, unless you're speaking in very specific terms...such as vertical or horizontally-oriented structural strength. There's a time and place for each.
So say most wingchun players until they get clocked in the head when the sh!# hits the fan.
All this debating of which knuckle aligment is better is really pointless if you ask me. It depends on the situation. I'd advise against developing the fixed mindset of "this is how you punch"

As for Muay thai being the ultimate striking art, I'd take a closer look as to "why" they tend to develop the strength they do, and it has nothing to do with technique.
Besides which, I'm sure Russian sambo guys would have a couple things to say about Muay thai being a "supreme" striking art

Think bigger.
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