One of my favorite empty hand weapons is the palm. A lot of the strikes I practice are either with the palm heel or a “3/4” palm, which involves the outside edge of the palm.
To begin working on palm strikes, start by working on this very simple four-count drill. The four counts are, simply:
- Lift up the hands (palm faces down), leading with the wrists
- Lower the hands, leading with the wrists (to strike with palm heel)
- Turn the hands so palms are facing in, then move hands out to the side, leading with the wrists
- Bring both hands inward, leading with the wrists (to strike with palm heel)
Do these softly, not with a hard motion, until you can get this smooth and consistent. Want to see an example? Here’s a short video, below. Rosie is desperate to get into the act, we’ll have to let her star in a future Bando minute!