Why do you do knuckle push-ups in karate?

Knuckle Push ups are good because they help your knuckles get stronger. Drinking milk would also help to make your bones stronger and your punches would be stronger too.

Knuckle push ups also help you make the skin on your knuckles stronger, so that, when you punch, you won’t get cut or hurt as easily.

You know your foot, the hard bit, it is quite hard to cut that part open by kicking someone else isn’t it?

So that’s why it is good to do knuckle push ups, so that you can hurt the person that you are punching more! The downsides are that your knuckles will probably not be as silky or smooth. But, when your tough skin saves you one day, I think it’ll definetly be worth it. Right or wrong?

It is also good to give harder punches, for example, if someone were to punch you with silky smooth, soft, thin skin and hands, it would hurt, right, not imagine someone with tough and thick skin, it would probably hurt a little more, wouldn’t it.

So, the tougher your knuckles get, the stronger your punches become and always remember WHY you are doing martial arts, there is no point in doing anything if you don’t have a reason to do it. HOW you are going to do it and WHEN you want to be a black belt by.

The Dangers of Knuckle Push-Ups

The bad thing about knuckle push-ups is that, well, it hurts. You may also get arthritis in your knuckle joints as you grow old. I have not found a definite answer if this is really true, but you may want to take care not to overdo it.

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3 Responses to Why do you do knuckle push-ups in karate?

  1. Zachary says:

    While I agree strong, tough fists are important for hitting things (pads, boards, walls, people, etc.), it’s also important WHERE you hit things. Example: hard fist + hard skull = broken hand. Aim for shadow areas; armpit, groin, back of knee, under the chin (no-no’s for sparring of course). Regardless, knuckle-ups are one of many forms of body strengthening/conditioning. Have you heard of Junbi Undo and Hojo Undo yet? It might not come up in training for a while.

    • natasha says:

      Thank you for your comment Zachary! That’s really good advice and makes a lot of sense to aim for softer areas. (I don’t like the idea of a broken hand:-))
      I don’t think I have heard about Junbi Undo or Hojo Undo.
      I’m going to ask my Sensei tomorrow.

      • Zachary says:

        Have you an explanation? If not, I’d describe Junbi Undo as the warming up exercises and stretches you do at the start of class (Can be done with a partner as well as alone). Hojo Undo goes a bit further; it is striking objects with your limbs to make them stronger, less painful to hit with and more painful to be hit by; and also performing karate techniques, movements, and kata while holding weights to improve strength, endurance, and power.

        Wikipedia gives a good overview of all the equipment used in Hojo Undo:


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