A lot of people use hand wraps to protect the knuckles, I prefer to use my hand wraps as wrist protection. Since I train for street combat, my emphasis is on wrist protection, as I'll most likely never wear boxing gloves for a night out on the town.
There isn't really any one single "silver bullet" method, but there are some best practices in regards to protection. Here are some things to consider when it comes to wrapping your hands:
- Keep the wrap tight, but not so tight to where you're cutting off circulation to your hands.
- Make sure you maintain good wrist coverage. Wrist injuries have longer lasting effects than knuckle injuries.
- Listen to your instructor, but it's alright to try different methods of wrapping.
- MMA gloves do not provide better wrist protection than well wrapped hands. If you're going to do more than a couple rounds of striking on the heavy bag, wrap up!
- Hand wraps, like boxing gloves are for protecting you during training, and there's a huge difference between striking wrapped up and striking bare knuckled.
- If/when you ever get into a fight out there in the real world, remember this: if you throw punches, don't aim for the face - it's the best way to break your hand. Hard weapon to soft tissue.
Here's another way to wrap up, however, I do not in any way approve of those lame, seriously lame shorts.