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Discussion in 'Standup Technique' started by supmaynnn, Jul 25, 2005.

  1. supmaynnn

    supmaynnn Banned Banned

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    do you keep your hands open or closed in boxing with mma gloves. what is the function of each (opened/closed) and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
     
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    Dedicado Machetero

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    Uhhh...Do you mean before punching them? Cuz I really hope you don't mean as you're hitting them!
    :) Seriously tho', open hands while wearing boxing gloves: I have been told, but I don't do it meself, that open hands are more relaxed so they travel faster to the target, where they are made into a fist and go kaboom!
    Open hands for MMA: The guy is probably a grappler, and he's going to tie you up or clinch, or he wants to keep you guessing his true intention.

    Personally, sometimes I open my hands in boxing to lossen up my forearm, but I keep my fists tight when I get into range, so they're ready to hit .
     
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    Dedicado Machetero

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    MMA, I like to keep my fists tight while strink or defending strikes so my fingers don't get bent by a shin or a knee or something terribly painful like that.
     
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    Zankou Muscle and Hate Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    uhhhh what? you will break your hands if you punch with them open ... what do you mean? like palm strikes or something? your hands need to be tight on impact or they'll break.
     
  5. supmaynnn

    supmaynnn Banned Banned

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    oo yea i didnt explain that too clearly, i meant like open hands when u have them against your chin or in front of your face ( but not when your knuckles make contact)
     
  6. Rory McDonell

    Rory McDonell Green Belt Professional Fighter

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    I have open palms when mmaing. I'm a wrestler though, so I'm looking for a shot.
     
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    Zankou Muscle and Hate Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    I think it's probably a bad idea ... signals you are a wrestler and not a striker. Easier to open fists for a takedown than to close them for strikes IMO. Handspeed is more critical to a striker than a wrestler.
     
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    TheHighlander Green Belt

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    Handspeed is faster with open or at least loose hands. You tighten the hands just before impact. Catches and (hand) parries are usually done with open hands...tight fist is a good way to break your fingers (good for knuckle impacts, terrible for palm impacts).
     
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    Chad Hamilton Amateur Fighter

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    open hands = relaxation



    of course you don't hit someone with a relaxed fist...you close it during the punch.

    it's all about being relaxed.
     
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    fdupnct Blue Belt

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    I keep my hands open, I'm not a wrestler and I'm typically not looking to shoot. It does make it easier (for me at least) to parry or catch punches with open hands. I'm more relaxed and I have better movement, also I always look to clinch when I can and if I've always got a fist clinched my forarms are going to be tired quick. It's all personal preference anyway, neither way is wrong.
     
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    supmaynnn Banned Banned

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    when you do open hands are you thinking of open hands as in like a loose fist with your 4 digit fingers curled and your thumb on your index finger

    not as in like a fully open palms out kinda thing right?
     
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    fdupnct Blue Belt

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    My hands are usually really loose, sometimes all the way open, sometimes half closed. I move my hands alot when I'm sparring (if I'm ever in a fight I'll probably do the same but I haven't fought yet.), some people say I shouldn't because I leave myself open in certain situations. It's comfortable for me, but when I do get my bell rung I usually keep my hands a little tighter :)
     

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