Bruised knuckles

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ninja9578 Regular 92 posts
I've done martial arts for ten year, done thousands of knuckle pushups, broken countless boards/cinder blocks, thrown millions of punches on hard punching bags. But I still get a bruise on the middle knuckle on the right side. Does anybody know what could cause this. It's not a conditioning problem, for none of the other knuckles do it. I usually only get the bruise when I punch and don't break, but none of the other knuckles do it. I've watched my punches on a video tape and have perfect form.
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Robsco 1319 posts
I'm not much of a striker, but isn't your middle knuckle the one taking most of the impact? --------------------------------------------- Robsco! - The Site Administrator 'I'm sure your style is impressive on other planets, however, your weak link is that this is Earth'
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fingercuffs Regular 33 posts
why don't you get some of that green powder stuff that mister miyagi uses in karate kid II. That stuff looked awesome as it cleared up most injuries over night (expect bone breaks.. i suspect they might take two night :/ )
Sweaty Gi Moderator 120 posts
I maybe wrong here, but I've got a feeling its got something to do with you punching boards.


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Sweaty Gi Moderator 120 posts
I'd be more concerned about analysing yourself on video tapes Don't make me sweat, you won't like me when I'm sweaty!
steve Resident 217 posts
External 'yang' conditioning on its own will not guarantee freedom from injury and ultimately deformity 'the big knuck'.

Internal 'yin' conditioning designed to concentrate 'chi' into the hand is vital.

If you cannot / do no know how to concentrate 'chi' into your hand prior to attempting a breaking technique then you are using physical strength only and will therefore always risk injury.

What is the point in hitting boards and toughening up the hand anyway? How often are you ever going to need it to be tough? I take it you do not bare knuckle fight for a living so why? "Its not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog"
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ninja9578 Regular 92 posts
The green stuff that you see at martial arts demos is most likely aloe. If done correctly, the force should be dispersed equally between the first two knuckles. I don't usually bruise when hitting boards (they are too soft, even if I don't break), mainly I bruise breaking cinder blocks. What I don't understand is why it only happens to the right middle knuckle. My left hand never bruises and I can hit just as hard with it.

No, I'm not a bareknuckle fighter, but I do a lot of breaking demonstrations.

Do you think it's possible that I broke something a long time ago and it just never fully healed? I've been getting bruised on that knuckle for at least two years.
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3rd Degree Black Belt - Shorin Ryu
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the_little_dragon Regular 33 posts
maybe cos that 1 knuckle sticks out more than the others and takes mostof the impact on its own...where if all knuckles where even the impact would be spread out...just an idea
the_little_dragon Regular 33 posts
maybe cos that 1 knuckle sticks out more than the others and takes mostof the impact on its own...where if all knuckles where even the impact would be spread out...just an idea

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