This page provides details on the martial arts palm block or palm heel block. With a palm block, martial arts students use the palm of an open fist in order to block an opponent's attack. This technique also allows them to use their open hand to block and then grasp an opponent. This technique is used by many martial arts styles such as Karate, Taekwondo and Kung Fu. A palm block is used for kata, self-defense, etc.
The main drawback with this technique (versus a closed fist block) is that is easy to injure your fingers if done incorrectly (i.e. your fingers can bend backwards if the block is positioned poorly against a strong kick or punch).
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