In the martial arts and unarmed defense communities, there’s always discussion about whether open- or closed-hand strikes are best. In reality, there are appropriate targets for each. The formula is simple: If you’re striking a soft surface, use a closed-hand strike because it creates a hard surface. If you’re striking a hard surface, use an open-hand strike, which creates a soft surface. Hard and soft targets on the body are pinpointed, and the reasons for not striking a hard surface with a closed hand or a soft surface with an open hand are discussed.
Rob Pincus and Deryck Poole work with a student on the range to refine his shooting position. Whenever you are training for defensive shooting, you should try to maintain a natural and neutral stance with your feet about equidistant from the target and your weight forward. Related videos: Problem Solving on the Range: Realistic Engagement…Watch Now >>