Martial-Arts Palm Strikes For Beginners

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

Palm Strikes For Beginners

It’s easier to get your hands in the precise position for a open-palm strike than it is a closed-fist punch. With a punch, you have to pack the fingers correctly, 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, you get the fingers open pulled back out of the way, and you strike with your open palm. You only have to worry about proper elbow positioning.

Palm-Strike Problems

One of the problems with beginners palm striking is that they telegraph their intent. For some reason, they feel the need to lift their arm up, before they strike out. This two motion hit, unless you are an expert, is too slow.

You have to get the palm into the correct position, as the arm and hand are on the way to the target. One line, one motion.

By the time the hand gets to the target, the fingers are pulled back and the palm is tight, ready to strike.

Best Hit Practice in the Beginning

Take the time to practice this technique in super slow motion.

Note: I continue to promulgate slow-motion practice. Many ignore my recommendation. Oh, well.

If you practice your palm strike in slow motion, you have a chance to correct your telegraphing before it ever occurs. Draw an imaginary line to your target. Don’t allow your hand to wander off the line.

Very direct… straight… and slow.

Position Now, Power Later

Once you get the right strike in slow motion, increase the speed.

Are you with me?

You want to increase the speed of the technique progressively. Any time that your strike gets sloppy, back up a step. Slow it down, again.

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