I almost asked a duplicate question earlier:
It asked the question that I wanted to ask, and its answers were disappointing. They were correct, of course (there is no such system), but still disappointing.
Thus, bringing me to this question.
Is it possible to compile a comprehensive list of (arm/hand) striking techniques that wouldn't exclude or discriminate against the many styles and arts out there? What does that list have to include?
Boxing only has four or five punches itself, if we ignore left/right and where those punches target/land (possibly with other parameters). Karate and TKD add a few, plus several open-handed strikes. I am not very knowledgeable on what seems like must be at least several hundred extant martial arts, but I have trouble imagining that there are thousands of punches/slaps/chops. I've had trouble coming up with even twenty so far.
The list that I have so far looks something like this:
- Ridge hand
- Spear hand
- Open-handed backfist/slap
- Palm strike
- Side punch (this seems like it's not only a targeting difference, the punch is thrown distinctively)
- Vertical punch (the fist not rotating to horizontal when connecting)
- Elbow strikes (unclear if this is a single technique or multiple)
- Three Stooge's style eyepoke (with forked fingers?)
I've been watching videos of various East Asian martial arts (kata and other demonstrations), and there doesn't appear to my relatively untrained eye any significant variation in technique.
A good answer will not be a complete list, but rather an explanation of how this is either a fool's errand or a solvable problem. If the number of techniques/strikes were in the dozens-to-hundreds range, this is likely a solvable problem, but if it exceeds this it probably isn't a solvable problem even though the number must be finite (whatever it actually is).
PS Please help me edit this question to comply with the rules if it is salvageable. Also keep in mind that if this question is answered, I don't intend to return with a dozen other questions of the "is it possible to compile a list of X-type techniques" sort, as I believe that the answer will remain the same for those questions as for this one.