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comment Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work
@SteveWeigand I wish you had submitted this as an answer rather than a comment, because I think it's the correct answer.
Mar
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comment Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work
Though it is worth noting that makiwari are usually set to shoulder height so that you CAN strike it perfectly perpendicular. It's also the case that jacking up your hand and bleeding all over it is considered part of the experience of a makiwari. I never really thought about it before, but I'm realizing that most Japanese/Okinawan martial arts (that I'm familiar with anyway) teach you to punch at shoulder height, which is kind of weird since that's rarely a good target. I think you're right that, despite my reservations, bag gloves are my only real option.
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revised Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work
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comment Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work
Happens with all punches thrown with any power. My main goal really is to stop getting blood on the public use bags. :-) The more I look into it with academic rigor, the more I realize that there's no way those knuckles won't make some contact with the bag (for anyone). My suspicion now is that few traditional martial artists train with a bag, and everyone who does (boxers, MMA, Kickboxing) generally wears boxing gloves while doing so.
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comment Replace Broken Kwan Dao Handle?
I think you and I have very different definitions of "trivial" when it comes to metal and wood working. :-)
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comment Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work
Please, I did not mean to anger or dismiss you, and I apologize if the way I wrote implied that was my goal (re-reading I can absolutely understand why you would have taken it this way). But the article you linked to doesn't seem to say what you think it does. Thumb position is only brought up near the end and introduced with the sentence "What doesn’t matter much at all is the position of the thumb." I'm genuinely just trying to figure out why this isn't a problem for anyone else.
Mar
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comment Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work
Did you look at the pictures on the link you placed? His middles stick WAY out past his bottom (striking) knuckles, and in most of those he's punching down, which would naturally reduce that effect. Punching Angle Speaking of which, it's not really possible to strike at face level straight on unless their face is at your shoulder, right? So why would I practice that?
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comment Martial Arts Weapons for Home Defense?
Getting educated is good advice. That said, your argument kind of circled back around to imply (rightly I think) that any time you attack another person, there could be serious legal consequences and there's no much to do about that, weapons or not. If you're protecting yourself or your family, you just have to do your best and hope for the best. Also, our school does teach practical combat weapon techniques meant for real-world usage. I'd also say that equating the danger of having a gun in the house with that of having a sword, spear, or staff is a bit absurd.
Aug
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comment Martial Arts Weapons for Home Defense?
I really appreciate this thoughtful answer and agree entirely that a weapon is no substitute for unarmed training. That said, both of you expressed the benefit of kali sticks being unassuming, but I'm wondering if anyone has considered the value of determent. Pictures of folks protecting their homes and stores with guns is part of what has me thinking about this in the first place. Isn't there value in having something that you can point at someone and say "Don't try it!" and avoiding the fight in the first place?
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