BMS Fundamentals The Palm Strike Positions January 28, 2016 admin In this series of photos the front and side palm positions are demonstrated. The above shot and following demonstrate the alignment position from the Sil Lum Tao. This position is of course not part of the application on an opponent Full extension of striking front palm from the front. Full extension of striking front palm from the side. Full extension of striking side palm from the front. Full extension of striking side palm from the side. Here Derek is demonstrating the incorrect palm alignment. This and the following photo are extremely important when trying tp understand the mechanics of this technique. This is the correct position. Note the angle of the hand that Derek is pointing to, it is not flat like the previous photo. Derek taught that the wrist must be locket in this position at point of contact in order to conduct the subsequent force down the bottom bone of the arm to the ground. The reason for using a side palm over a punch would be that: A) it can be used at a closer distance, B) it will not cut your opponent which is one of the factors when a court decides whether you are charged with ABH or GBH and C) it is very efficient for breaking the jaw.