Keep your fist closed or open?

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  1. Tariq muhammad

    Tariq muhammad New Member Full Member

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    So I was taught in the basic guard to keep my fist closed. However, after doing research it says to keep your hands open then close on impact. Is one better than the other? When I say I close my fist, I don’t mean completely tensed up like a bodybuilder and shoulders shrugged up. Just closed fist, relaxed shoulders.
     
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    Tariq muhammad New Member Full Member

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    BoxingDialogue Active Member Full Member

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    My coach told me to keep it closed as well, I just follow his advice. There is so much out there it can get confusing.
     
  4. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I advocate loosely closed and then making a hard fist as you punch. Basically squeeze your hand closed as your rotate your fist so that it’s solid upon impact. You squeeze a punch like you squeeze a trigger.
     
  5. beewood

    beewood New Member Full Member

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    Your fist should only be tensed on impact, it's a skill that should be taught from day 1. Like any other skill that you are trying to aquire it will take time to perfect but is an essential part of boxing. By tensing the fist prior to impact you are slowing the punch down and exerting unnecessary energy as well as showing your opponent your intention to punch. Stay away from any coach/trainer that tells you to make a fist at the start of a punch.
     
  6. Likethembigroundchunky

    Likethembigroundchunky New Member Full Member

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    If I'm not mistaken dont the russians teach to keep your hands tight but shoulders loose?
     
  7. beewood

    beewood New Member Full Member

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    Try hitting a bag for 10 rounds with a constantly clenched fist, you'll soon work out it's not the way to go. If you happen to meet a pro Russian boxer, ask him, believe me, he'll tell you that they are not trained that way.