JV summed it up quite well, and indeed, he pointed such things out to me back when I composed that essay, which alas, probably has a few mistakes (all my own fault); although its basic (and admittedly self-evident) premise is still correct, i.e. hand/foot-stirkes were not a primary part of the Ringen
, but could be found in useful contexts, or at least were regarded as possible threats warranting defences.
That said: the two common kinds of hand-strikes that I interpret from depiction and description are basically hammer-fists (often) and open-palm (seldom). And there are some basic forward thrust kicks with heel of foot, never done to any target above the belly (gee whiz - sort of like in wing chun).
There are of course what Master Ringeck called his half-dozen plays of mort stossen
(murder-strikes) - the existence of which are known to us, but which I think it be improper to speak of publicly.
I realise that some scholars like to interpet/integrate more punchiness into their Ringen
, e.g. Lindholm in his second Ringeck book. (Plus he and another guy did a cool dedicated bare-knuckles boxing book.) I respect his viewpoint, even if I may differ at times.
Anyway, thank you MW for posting such an interesting subject.