Hammer Fist

Hammer Fist – Martial Arts

This page provides information on how to do a martial arts hammer fist (or hammer strike). In this martial arts technique, martial arts students will swing their clenched fist downwards to the target (i.e. an attacker’s nose).

This strike can be safer for a student’s hand because they are hitting a target with the “padded” bottom of a clenched fist. Thus there is a lower chance that a student will break their hand or knuckles with this strike.

All stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. For more videos and instructions on other punches and hand/arm strikes (i.e. knife hand strikes & haymaker punches), please visit the main Punches & Strikes section.

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Instructional Video for a Hammer Fist in Krav Maga

Hammer Fist Strike in Taekwondo