Position of hands

First of all make sure your shoulders are relaxed and not tense. Stand with both arms loosely by your side.

Next keeping your arm straight raise your front hand (the same side to the leg that is forward) up so that it is level with your shoulder. Once your hand is level bend your arm so that your hand is about 6-12 inches away from your face. Clench your hand to make a fist and curl your fist over very slightly (this is so when you punch you hit with your knuckles). Have the tops of your knuckles level with your cheek bones.

Repeat this same technique with your rear hand but this time have the bottom of your palm rest against your cheek remaining tight to your face.

Make sure you keep your elbows tucked in tight to keep the body protected. Having your arms held in this position may feel uncomfortable at first and may take some getting used to. If your muscles are tight in the shoulder/back region you may need to work on developing some flexibility in these areas.  You may also find your arms fatiguing quite quickly it is important to practise holding your arms in this position until sufficient stamina is built up.