The transcript below is from the video “Why Is Ryan Garcia’s Hand Open?” by MindSmash.


Why are Ryan Garcia’s fingers extended? Teaching Addison Rae and Dixie D’Amelio how to box, note how Ryan is throwing his fingers out with each punch. Why is he doing this? It may be something you haven’t noticed because of the boxing gloves, but here’s why.


Yellow! Seeing the sun trending, Ryan García was teaching these two how to fight, Dixie D’Amelio and Addison Rae.

Instantly, you can tell; Addison Rae has done some previous training because of the way she makes a fist which definitely wasn’t instructed by Ryan García. As you can note how he and Dixie are forming their hands differently.


Where Addison Rae has the intention to hurt with a solid fist. Look at her thumb tucked in! Dixie D’Amelio, her thumb isn’t in the right position. Here’s the thing though what Ryan García is doing is not uncommon at all, and it is actually not wrong at all based upon the school you train at.

There are many different teachings when it comes to how to make a fist, and of course, the points of contact for that fist are also brought into consideration; like Jack Dempsey, Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee. They all focused on striking with the bottom three knuckles.


Where other schools would tell you to land with all four or more commonly making a strong fist and just connecting with the first two biggest knuckles.

Definitely without gloves, I would recommend the first two big knuckles; as it creates the most solid and secure point of impact with the lowest likelihood of injury. But for sure if you’ve spent years developing one way due to how the calcium has formed on your knuckles.


The other ways can start to feel very horrible if you decide to change, that said; why is r Ryan García not making a fist at all then? This is another philosophy that focuses on the speed and sling of the punch.

How is that possible? Well! It’s quite simple really by not tensing the muscles in your forearm. You increase the fluidity of the overall technique which naturally creates a more efficient kinetic chain which in turn increases the speed, this force of the overall strike.


Try it, if you relax your fist you can just snap your hand out quicker because tension is antagonistic to speed, and relaxation helps increase that speed via kinetic chain efficiency.

Now, breaking your hands is still a thing but it’s definitely less of a concern when your hands are wrapped. You’re wearing these big gloves and you’ve been conditioning your hands to weld through these gloves; ever since you were a small child.


Ryan García’s hand is for sure adapted to this method that’s just it. It’s one of the reasons why Ryan García is called the Flash. The way whips off his fascia, even though many coaches would critique that form, his natural explosiveness. Despite his slender build, his reactions, precision, timing setting up those shots.

When you slowly start to piece everything together including the relaxed hands, you begin to realize that his entire philosophy has been emphasizing speed ever since childhood, Young Zeus, Slinging Bulls.


I don’t believe there is one ideal way to punch. Because there’s many things to consider for the individual fighter and their fighting styles. but that is for the individual to figure out as they test and train.

As for Ryan García, fighting without a closed fist seems to be one of the tools he’s developed specifically for this rule set.

To that end, thank you, Ryan García, for this lesson.

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Everything you do, if not in a relaxed state it will be done at a lesser level than you are proficient. Thus, the tensed expert marksman will aim at a level less than his/her student.” – Bruce Lee

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