Broken - or just bruised?

Posted Sat Feb 25, 2006, 18:58 PM by Tracy

Okay, maybe my knuckle isn’t broken. But it’s pretty bruised and swollen.

That actually happened a week or two ago during regular class. We did a lot of sparring, so I had foam-dipped hand pads on. I don’t know what I did, but the second knuckle on my left hand hurt.

Since then I notice it when I reach for something or close my hand in a certain way. I really noticed it at sparring class today. I throw a lot of rear hand punches with my left (not my power side so what up with that?) and it hurt when I contacted. Whatever.

When I took off my glove I saw my knuckle was visibly bruised and swollen. Oh well. It’s probably not broken.


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Mo Duk Pai kung fu is a modern American eclectic system of martial arts, combining hard- and soft-style techniques Mo Duk Pai, which translates to “Martial Ethical Way”, was founded by Professor Frederick D. King. For more information, to see photos or inquire about training, visit the Mo Duk Pai web site, which I also maintain. I have been training since 1996 and currently hold the rank of brown-black sash.


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