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10 Martial Arts Techniques You Should Know

One of the core benefits of the martial arts is that you learn techniques that will bolster your self-defense. The martial arts techniques listed below will help you strengthen that discipline, and become a more well-rounded practitioner of the art.

At TM Martial Arts, our classes work through these, and many other techniques. But read on to find out more about what you can be learning as a student of the martial arts. There are many common martial arts techniques to explore in the process of learning and developing your skills.

Martial Arts Techniques To Boost Your Self-Defense Skills

Palm Strike – The main purpose of the palm strike is to use the heel of the palm to strike an opponent’s nose or chin. The primary benefit to this approach is that you are using a padded part of the hand and decreasing the risk of injury to fingers.

Back Fist – As the name suggests, the back fist involves hitting your opponent with your fist and knuckles. It can often be used as a finishing move, to disorient an attacker. It can also be used to strike an attacker in the bridge of the nose to escape an attacker.

Straight Punch – Sometimes called a cross, reverse punch, or a rear hand punch, it is the most common punch used in the martial arts. In this punch, the martial artist strikes an opponent with the rear hand. The power in this move comes when you rotate your body into the punch, for added momentum.

Tiger Claw – The purpose of the tiger claw is to exploit a soft spot on an attacker. You simply form your hand into a claw-like arc and strike the attacker’s neck. This leaves you with the option to grab, rip, or simply strike a pressure point. This technique can be used to go after the face, eyes, or groin when needed.

The Backhand Strike – This technique amounts to essentially a reverse slap. You simply open and extend your fingers for a reverse slap. It can be used to warn an attacker without exerting a high level of force, or it can be used to temporarily incapacitate someone with a strike to the groin area.

Thumb Strike – The martial artist is essentially striking a vital part of the attacker’s body with the thumbs, to quickly incapacitate his or her attacker. This can typically be used against the eyes, neck, or other attack points.

Elbow Strike – An elbow strike can be a devastating technique, when performed near an attacker. It involves bending the arm and throwing the elbow from side to side, down vertically, upward vertically, or to the rear.

Jab – The jab is a quick punch designed to keep an attacker disoriented or off guard. It’s important to breath out at the time you throw the jab, and rotate the fist so that the palm is face down as your fist connects with the attacker. It’s a quick punch, but less powerful than some of the other techniques.

Hammer Fist – In this technique, the martial artist is swinging their clenched fist downward toward an attacker’s nose or another target. An advantage to the hammer fist is that you are still using the bottom or padded area.

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TM Martial Arts adult martial arts classes or children’s classes can help you to practice these and other common techniques designed to help you with your self-defense. If you are ready to explore these martial arts techniques, contact us today or register for a class!