Techniques for Bare Knuckle Fighting

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Techniques for Bare Knuckle Fighting
Bare knuckle fighting is a growing sport in the U.S. (fist image by Stepanov from

When participating in the mixed martial arts sport of bare knuckle fighting (also known as bare knuckle boxing), there are a few techniques for both beginners and experienced fighters to keep in mind. The goal is to guard your own pressure points while knowing exactly where to strike your opponent. Remembering these tips will improve your technique in this sport.

Soft Spots

In bare knuckle fighting, one of the most common injuries is a broken hand from throwing punches. One great way to prevent this is to hit soft spots of the body. Hitting a spot that is nothing but hard bone (chest, ribs, even the face) is a sure way to crack a few fingers. Other than a clean head shot, punches to those areas will do minimal damage anyway. Breaking your hand will decrease your punching power and quickly end a fight in your opponent's favour. Spots such as the abdomen and kidney areas will soften up your opponent.

Martial Arts Strikes

Martial-arts strikes are just as effective, if not more so, than a closed fist. There are many techniques you can practice, such as open-palm strikes. These will save your hands, and the force from them will surprise your opponent.

Pressure Points

Don't underestimate the effect a good strike or pressure on a pressure point can have during a brawl. Law enforcement agents and military personnel are taught where pressure points are and how to utilise them in hand-to-hand combat. A quick strike to a pressure point will bring even the largest of opponents down.

Know Your Punches

You cannot land a huge haymaker without hurting yourself if your hands aren't wrapped. Short-range hooks, straight rights and lefts and jabs are your best bet. These are quick-striking, and when done correctly, very powerful. They can be used to stun your opponent before landing the big shot.

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