Due to conflicting Terminology & Definition of Iron Palm
I now use my own Terminology – called Diamond Palm.
DIAMOND PALM – DEFINITION:
Let me be perfectly clear right from the very start. This is “DIAMOND PALM”… NOT … “Iron Palm or Iron Hand!”
“Diamond Palm” is the safe conditioning of the “Palm” only, that enables one to perform various breaking techniques upon a variety of objects, humans not withstanding. “Diamond Palm” is all about the break. It is a relatively new art form, slowly developing in the Western culture only, and is in no way related to the East. Its popularity has been on the raise ever since the mid-nineteen fifties, and has grown ever since. The fact that we use it in our Martial Arts, gives off a false impression of it being Eastern, (this is not the case). Diamond Palm uses the complete flat surface of the whole hand (ONLY), and no other portion of the hand ,wrist or fist. It is in this distinction that it is named Diamond Palm.
The Other Definitions
“Iron Palm” is a somewhat loose translation of “Tiet Sau” in the Cantonese language. “Iron” is correct but “Palm” is not. It is “Hand,” as used in the expression “Tiet Sau”. Hand and Fist are often interchangeable depending on the written context in Chinese characters, however Palm is not used for this. Iron Hand is the Eastern way of hardening and expanding the hand tissue, to the point of becoming like iron. Breaking is an outward demonstration of its use, in the Kung Fu developed. Breaking objects without the definition of “Iron Hand” has no meaning in the Ancient, Oriental way. As far as it goes in the Old Way of Chinese Martial arts, “Iron Hand” is all about hand conditioning for creating an “Iron” weapon on the end of ones arm. It is about the club-like conditioning of the complete hand … period.
You may find my eBooks on the subject at:
The Deadly Art Of Iron Palm
Diamond Palm Training Methods