The Bando Fist

The classic Karate fist is a closed-finger fist with the thumb folded over the index and middle fingers.  The Bando fist places the thumb to the side, creating an additional striking surface with the thumb knuckle.

Practice daily making the Bando fist as a “matter-of-fact” drill so that your fingers can easily move into the right position without thinking or extra movement.  To make the fist:

  • Begin to curl the fingers towards the palm
  • Tuck the tip of the thumb into the curled index finger
  • Tighten the rest of the fingers into the fist,  making sure that your wrist is straight

A straight wrist is critical to ensuring the integrity of your weapon – striking with a bent wrist is likely to result in your own injury rather than inflicting any serious force onto the intended target.