Hand attacks include punches (using knuckles to hit target), strikes (using other parts of hand to hit target), and thrusts (using parts of the hand that are thrust into target).
Knife Hand Shape. The knife part of the hand is the padded outer edge of the hand that extends from the base of hand at the wrist to the base of the little finger; this is the area that will impact the target. To shape the hand into a knife hand:
- Hold arm straight out in front of body, with hand held flat (palm up), with wrist locked.
- Fingers are extended and slightly bent. If fingers are held straight, they may be jammed if struck on the ends.
- Fingers are held together tightly; if not, the knuckles may bang against each when hand makes impact with the target.
- Thumb is bent and tucked in against inner edge of hand, so it will not snag on anything and so it cannot be grabbed.