Posted as part of the Martial Arts SE post challenge about things about the martial arts you've always been curious about
Is it possible to compile a list of discrete/distinct striking techniques (hands/arms)? made me think of a diagram that either showed up in a martial arts book I read as a child, or on a chart that I saw when I was taking classes in the Chuck Norris System, then known either as "Chuck Norris-style Tang Soo Do" or Chun Kuk Do. It involved a strike with the top of the wrist with the hand cocked down as per the following picture:
I chiefly remember it because one of the lists we were tested on was striking areas of the hand, and I remember using the wrist as one of the answers (which it was not for our style), and using the chart, or the book, as justification later. What would the purpose for this sort of strike be? It seems like the small bones of the wrist would make it a bad choice for impact, and it requires some effort to contort the fist out of the way.