One of the worst techniques seen in the martial arts world is the current version of the punch being taught today. And as i am calling it here, the Martial Arts Punch. it is mechanically terrible and in my view has been taught to the western world wrong for many reasons.
Today I will examine what is wrong with it, and how easily it can be corrected to increase its effectiveness dramatically
Martial Arts Punch - History
Much of martial art history is passed down from master to student. Often times there is really very little written documentation.However the history of the punch we see today in the Korean and Japanese martial arts is a watered down sport version. I am told this style of punch was created for the teaching of children to assure safety.
And then taught to the western military as being correct. And I can understand why too! Right, wrong or indifferent WWII had a profound affect on the Japanese people.
So what is wrong with the punch? First the fist is over rotated and the position of the thumb is usually incorrect.
Martial Arts Punch - Bad Body Position