Here are some basic considerations when learning to strike bare fisted for the first time.
You must wrap your head around the fact that punching bareknuckle is different then gloved.
Also the impact is different on the body.
Next the making of a fist is very important along with the correct angle to strike from.
You also must understand that modern boxing comes from pugilism or bareknuckle boxing and is different in its techniques and tactics.
The angle of the fist and the knuckles you hit with will be more important when punching bare fisted.
A “fist” is not just your hand only, but also wrist and forearm.
You will need to use a softer heavybag of 40 to 50 pounds, made of leather with 2 inch of padding and stuffed soft, hard bags are made for gloved punching.
If you can’t get one make a bag out of two canvas dufflebags stuff one into the other and then filled with rags and sawdust.
You want your bag to feel like a body, and sink in a little when you punch it, just like a real opponent.
You can also use a soft leather medicine ball to strike at if you don’t have a heavybag, but you will need a partner to hold it for you as you strike.
These are just a few basic things you will need to do if you will be training to punch bareknuckle.
Remember it’s more than just taking off your gloves and hitting a bag or a person.
Do it wrong and you can injure your hand badly, but do it right and you can be a force to be reckoned with.
Take care and above all train smart.