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Old 11-01-2009, 07:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Why does nobody use open palm strikes??

I remember Bas talking about this and i also wondered the same thing, in alot of situations open palm strikes are more versatile and have longer reach, why have i never seen fighters use this technique regularly?

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Old 11-01-2009, 07:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Because they don't do much damage and refs frown on open handed striking as it has a higher change of poking the eye. I'm not convinced they have a longer reach either, how would that work?
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well, on insideMMA Bas was just giving a few examples of hooks around the ear open handed and other open handed strikes and said its basically the same idea as a fist, you can generate the same power but you can extend your arm further while throwing it.... as far as refs frowning upon it, it's not against the rules, so i dont see much they could do. Perhaps Bas is wrong, i was just curious.
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to easy to poke the guy your fighting in the eye.
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to easy to poke the guy your fighting in the eye.
then why is it not against the rules?? i think if you do the technique right you prob have the same chance poking somebody in the eye as BJ Penn does ;P
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well, on insideMMA Bas was just giving a few examples of hooks around the ear open handed and other open handed strikes and said its basically the same idea as a fist, you can generate the same power but you can extend your arm further while throwing it.... as far as refs frowning upon it, it's not against the rules, so i dont see much they could do. Perhaps Bas is wrong, i was just curious.
I've heard ref say many times "keep the hands closed when you're throwing" when someone throws an open hand. It may not be listed in the rules but refs still don't like it. Eye gouging IS agains the rules and if a ref thinks you are throwing open handed to get your opponent's eyes you could end up being penalized.

Honestly I think Bas' opinion is biased because he spent 90% of his career fighting under rules where palm strikes were the ONLY hand strikes allowed.
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if you throw an open palm strike properly, your fingers are locked up top and your striking palm 1st, not fingers 1st like when you throw a loose gripped punch, im not so sure it would result in that many eye pokes, but its concieveable, again, no rule about it that ive heard or Bas has, he says he used the strikes many times, and one of the reasons for the tatoos on his palms
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Bas has, he says he used the strikes many times, and one of the reasons for the tatoos on his palms
of course he has. 30 of his 33 bouts were in pancrase where you couldn't throw closed fists.
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It sets up combos really well.

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It sets up combos really well.

that wasn't even a palm strike, just a straight up bitchslap.
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