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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-28-2010, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Question Punching the wrong way?

Ok I am very new to MMA I have had a everlast 80 pound punching bag for a while, but here at college the punching bag they have is everlast also but it is 100lbs.+ not sure exact weight but its huge.

I didn't wrap my hands the first day and of course got the carpet burn in between a couple knuckles.

but after i wrapped them my right index finger (striking hand) the middle knuckle on my index finger is taking a beating, i have no idea what i did to make it start hitting the punching bag it has never done this before.

if you need pics ill gladly uopload them i have them uploading now so they will be available later, but in the mean time can someone help me out?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-28-2010, 08:17 PM
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That's pretty much the knuckle you want to hit the bag, along with the middle finger knuckle. If you're wrapping them correctly, are you wearing gloves over the wrap? You should be, if not. I can't hit a bag without a glove without hurting my hands, wrapped or not. A 100+ pound bag may as well be rock hard if you're hitting pretty hard without gloves.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-28-2010, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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yeah i am wrapping my hands any im wearing gloves. here are pics

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definitely would recommend getting some 16 oz gloves
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Yea, you shouldn't be hitting a heavybag with MMA gloves, its just asking for wrist problems... Heavy bag = Heavy Gloves...get some 16oz Boxing gloves and you'll be all set.

Not only that once you start using the heavier gloves, when you go to use the MMA gloves you'll notice your hand speed is better from moving from one to the other.

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Based on the pictures I think it may have to do with ther angle of your hand when you're doing certain punches.

I know when I do hook punches, a will sometimes hit with the second knuckle on the index instead of the first knuckles. Also, rarely I will, for seemingly no reason at all, not tighten my knuckles enough before the impact and strike with the secon knuckles instead of the first with straight punches.

Also, there is nothing wrong with just using handwraps. It helps condition the hands/wrists, and build scar tissue in the dermic layer of the skin(the skin under the surface)which actually prevents bleeding in the future(will cause poor perfusion--cold hands). However I would recommend doing it both with and without handwraps. When I do a session on the bag, I will use heavy bag gloves, then just wraps, then gloves again, almost in a cross training mindset. I do the same when I do GnP on a bag.

The whole point being, you're kind of okay the way you are. If I were you I would work on my form with any punch where you hit with the wrong knuckles, unless you are deliberately hitting with certain knuckles.

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