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HOW TO WRAP HANDS WITH ANDY THRASHER

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How to Wrap Hands with Andy Thrasher

How to Wrap Hands is a much debated topic. There are many ways to do it and nobody can really claim that their method is superior to someone else’s. Andy Thrasher, head coach at The Dog Pit in Bury shows us his method that he learned at Jittigym in Bangkok.

First, you want to start with the hand wrap back-rolled with the velcro on the inside. The reason for this is that it makes wrapping hands a lot easier to manage, keeping the wrap in a neat roll, rather than loose and tangled on the floor.

Taking the back-rolled wrap, you make a cushion for the knuckles by rolling the wrap around the fingers five times, then pulling it off and placing it over the knuckles. This allows you to keep the knuckles padded while punching.

Secure the cushion by wrapping around the knuckles, before moving down to the wrist and then the thumb. Once the wrist and thumb are wrapped, move over to the gap between the little finger and the ring finger, pulling the wrap through the fist, over the first knuckle and back to the wrist.

Repeat this for the other knuckles. The wrap should then go around the wrist until it ends. If the wrap is twisted backward, simply twist it one time before completing the wrap. Tuck the wrap in on the inside of the hand and it is ready to go.

Wrapping the hands is very important when training. The wrap will protect the wrist, stopping it from bending when punching. It will also make the hand a more solid unit, with the “roll of dimes” inside the fingers protecting the fragile metacarpal bones from breaking when throwing hooks and uppercuts. If you learn to wrap your hands properly, then you have years of training ahead of you.

Tom Billinge Tom has been training in Muay Thai gyms around the world for around 15 years and is a qualified Muay Thai instructor. He has lived in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Tom is a native of England, but based in the USA. When he's not kicking or holding the pads, Tom is either deep into writing an article, exploring the world or connecting with fellow martial artists. Tom is currently beginning his Jiu Jitsu journey in the Kore gi and 10th Planet no gi systems, as well as working to reconstruct the techniques of traditional British bareknuckle pugilism.

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