[I:http://martialarts.surrey-sussex.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/AlCase9.jpg]The exercises you will learn on this page will give you the strongest fingers, and therefore an incredibly hard punch in the martial arts. This is going to be true for karate, kung fu, kenpo, taekwondo, or whatever martial art you study. With a little thought, it can be applied to the Mixed Martial Arts realm.
It is a well known fact that a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link. This rule can be found in the martial arts for any hand technique, and specifically for fist techniques. A punch is only going to be as strong as your weakest finger.
The first exercise is nothing more than simple push ups. The point, however, is to do these push ups on the finger tips, and thus make the fingers like steel bars. It is hard, however, to begin on the fingertips, and one should work up to them.
First, do your push ups on the palms, then on the backs of palms. This will build up the wrists, which are going to have to be strong to support the fingers. After you can do palm push ups, go for the fists.
Fists are great for hitting, but you want to hit with a smaller and smaller fist area. You can knock a ball a mile with a club, but you can punch a hole in it with a screwdriver. This is the theory you want to pursue.
Practice your push ups on half knuckles, and slowly work your way down to two knuckles, and finally, one knuckle on each hand. After a while, you will be able to do push ups on just the fingers. At first, the fingers will be bent, but with practice you will be able to do them on straight fingers.
You can help yourself along by doing the push ups in sand, or on a folded wash cloth, which will adjust to the lengths of the various fingers. As you get better and better, you can reduce the number of fingers you are supporting yourself on. Eventually, and this may take a while, you will be able to do push ups on the index fingers of your hands.
This method for improving the strength of the fingers can take a while, and you will find that it takes a high degree of mental concentration. The mental concentration is, however, the most important thing you can get out of this exercise, for the mind will last longer than the body. Whatever you get out of this martial arts exercise, no matter whether you practice karate, kenpo, kung fu, taekwondo, or another martial art, you will find that strengthening the fingers in this way will give you a hard punch.