Protect your hands in a fight. This might sound a little bizarre since the hands are used to fend off blows and “pack a punch.” The hands are vital in that if your opponent takes out your hands you will have less of a defense to engage in a confrontation.
An important protection point is your hand.
During a fight don’t let your opponent take hold of a hand where they may try to immobilize it by bending your four fingers back either to try to break them or to pull them back far enough to cause pain. An opponent will do the same for one finger as well as two or three if that’s what they are able to get hold of.
The importance of protecting your hands is shown by the teaching of holding your thumb under your four fingers when making a fist to “throw a punch.” If the thumb were left unprotected, held at the side of the four fingers, the thumb in this delicate state could easily get broken.
Making a protected fist and keeping the hand in a closed fist whether you’re “throwing a punch” or not keeps the opponent from being able to rip your fingers back where they can break them. It’s harder to pull fingers out of a fist then to get a hold of open fingers.
If you’re fighting with the loss of one hand your opponent can do damage to you but if your opponent is using one of their hands to pull yours back it can leave them vulnerable. If they are devoting their attention on trying to snap your fingers it leaves them open for attack with your other hand.
Remember to keep the hand in a protected closed fist.
An opponent may use a leg or other body part to tear your fingers back so that they’ll have two hands working against you. An opponent may be able to pull this off more so in a lying or sitting position then in standing. At this time the opponent may be towering over you. In standing however, an opponent may be able to lean into your fingers against a wall or tree.
At any time that the protected closed fist becomes unbroken quickly rectify the situation and close it back. Hesitation could leave you at greater risk of having them broken. If your reflexes aren’t fast enough to close your fist in time you may be able to throw your elbow up drawing your hand back toward you giving you a second to come into a good “tight fisted” protected closed grip.