Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bareknuckle Boxing for Beginners

Here are some basic considerations when learning to strike bare fisted for the first time.

You must wrap your head around the fact that punching bareknuckle is different then gloved.

Also the impact is different on the body.

Next the making of a fist is very important along with the correct angle to strike from.

You also must understand that modern boxing comes from pugilism or bareknuckle boxing and is different in its techniques and tactics.

The angle of the fist and the knuckles you hit with will be more important when punching bare fisted.

A “fist” is not just your hand only, but also wrist and forearm.

You will need to use a softer heavybag of 40 to 50 pounds, made of leather with 2 inch of padding and stuffed soft, hard bags are made for gloved punching.

If you can’t get one make a bag out of two canvas dufflebags stuff one into the other and then filled with rags and sawdust.

You want your bag to feel like a body, and sink in a little when you punch it, just like a real opponent.

You can also use a soft leather medicine ball to strike at if you don’t have a heavybag, but you will need a partner to hold it for you as you strike.

These are just a few basic things you will need to do if you will be training to punch bareknuckle.

Remember it’s more than just taking off your gloves and hitting a bag or a person.

Do it wrong and you can injure your hand badly, but do it right and you can be a force to be reckoned with.

Take care and above all train smart.

Daniel Sambrano


  1. Always strike with the middle and index knuckle.
    The back of the hand should be slightly below flat with the forearm
    Turn fist out slightly to make a straight line from the index knuckle along the inside forearm bone.

    if you do this right your wrists will never fold.

    Bradley Vincent

  2. can you post a picture or something of what a good fist should look like? having a bit of trouble visualising it haha

  3. Why not strike with a palmheel? That way you're certain you won't injure your hand and it's equally effective when compared to a closef fist. It even has the advantage you'll be able to grab much faster and start kneeing or doing other cool stuff.

  4. a proper bare knuckle punch is done with the fist being vertical as opposed to horizontal like a modern boxers fist strikes with. Also there is a disadvantage to a palm heel strike and that is if its blocked or parried there is a chance of breaking your fingers by accidentally catching something or hitting with the fingers accidentally

  5. Also, it's pretty stressful on your wrist to do a palm heel strike. Unless you finish the fight quick, you might risk injuring your wrist unless you're well trained for it.