Sunday, September 27, 2009

BareKnuckled vs Gloved: One thru Five

Here are five facts to think about when training with gloves and wraps for self defense purposes.

If your used to using gloves, you may be in for a rude awakening when you have to hit someone without any hand protection.

There is nothing wrong with using gloves to train with provided you know where they belong in a self defense training program or a sport fighting program.

That difference is very important for you to know.

So here are five differences to give you something to think about.

1. Striking with an unprotected fist is hard.

You have to know how to punch correctly, get used to not wearing gloves, understand which part of the fist to strike with and how to hold your hands to defend yourself. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, there is a whole lot more that needs to be understood.

2. Extremely skilled fighters tend to break their hands in street-fights.

Many fighters get so used to wearing gloves that their hands get more prone to injury, after all wearing gloves and wraps is alot like wearing shoes and socks for the hands.

3. Gloves throw off your distancing.

Most gloves are so padded that they extend anywhere from one to three inches from your fist. This will make your strikes come up short when you take off your gloves as you'll be more used to their striking distance.

4. A gloved fist doesn’t cause damage the same way a bare fist does.

Most strikes with a glove are spread out equally on it's surface but with a fist it is more compact so the impact force is more solid. And a barefist can get into areas that a glove can't.
In other words it hurts more getting hit with a bare fist.

5. A gloved fist turns the punch into a push.

Since the padding of a glove can be very spongy as you hit your target, you'll end up pushing thru the glove as you make contact.

So there you go, think about these five differences as you train, especially if it's for self defence purposes.

Daniel Sambrano


  1. Hi Dan,

    Nice and factual article. But these points bring to bare the fact that while punching and punching correctly is a very powerful and useful tool, any where - any time. It is not a tool that we should be teaching as a primary self-defense tool, especially when we consider the average person we are instructing.

    All of these points lead us to the fact that in order to punch correctly, powerfully, effectively and powerful the average self-defense student will need to spend many hours and suffer through the conseqquences of injury while developing the needed neuroi-muscular response programs to punch correctly in the street.

    That being said, if they spend the time to do it properly anad safely it is an extreme tool that produces fantastic results, especially bare knuckled.

    As we both know.

    Johnny G

  2. Good point but tell it to those street fighters and thugs that use fists to strike with.

  3. True that but;

    Tell me sir, why in the h**l would I tell them ? I let them bust their hand on my forehead or elbow.

    Chop their slick but in the neck, bust their collar bone with a vertical shot, knee them in the B**LS,, ear box them, gouge their eyes out, head butt them and bit their face off.

    All simple gross motor skills that will not physical hurt me but do severe damage to my attacker!!!

  4. Hey Johnny try punch someone in the neck i bet you will do ten times the amount of damage compared to a hand chop. And biting a random attackers face off is disgusting, what if your attacker has a virus Johnny, I'd rather shatter my knuckles than get aids or herpes.

    Bradley Vincent

  5. Another thing Johnny, occasionally you might come across a thug that hits like mike tyson and let me tell you if you try to take one on the forehead your brain would physically move around inside your skull (Blunt force trauma).
    And not to mention your neck compressing from the sheer force. And do you really think you could stop a speed punchers fist with your elbow?

    Just some thoughts

    Bradley Vincent

  6. each man has his own poison my friend, each man has his own poison.

    punching him the throat as long as his head is up for ya. In my opinion its to much work. The edge of hand fits nicely into any nook & cranny, will not get broken and carries with it many sysmetrical options.

    Whhich as a self-defense/personal prtection instructor knows is the way most survival situation travel because of the chemical cocktail.

    But like I said, each man has there own poisono. My job is to give my students the easiest and surest way out of the conflict while making sure the techniques and tactics are just as easy to internalize.

    As for the bite, I like my meat rare(lol)

  7. I meant a hard punch to any region of the neck in general. But i do see your point you can fit the handchop more places and the movement itself is more gross motor making it easier to apply under stressful situations.

    The fists do need more training but are extremely effective.
    Also the fists have more reach than a palm heel strike in a front on attack.

    If my attacker is getting in my face tryin to act tough then buy all means i'll chop that fucker in the neck but if he is squaring off with me with dukes drawn staying outside my reach and good on his feet im gonna kick and punch.

    So my point is both fists and open hand strikes have there strong points.

    As for the bite, your an animal Johnny lol

    Bradley Vincent

    "it's not the tool, it's the person using it"

    Heres a good article on some of the use's of open hands in savate.

    Bradley Vincent