How To Tear Out A Mans Throat
Back when I was a young whipper-snapper at the early stages of my journey into the Martial Arts, one of the first ‘essential’ moves I felt I needed in my arsenal was to be able to rip the throat out of my victim.
This probably had as much to do with watching Patrick Swayze in the film ‘Road House’ than it did with the teachings and philosophies of Shotokan Karate.
It did switch me on to the fact that there are certain moves you can do which will end a fight very quickly. Luckily I never had the opportunity to tear anyone’s throat out – which may have been hard to explain away as ‘reasonable force’.
The next move I practiced lots, as I got into what I call Destruction Techniques, was to grab the opponents hair, yanking their head back, and then slamming your fist down like a hammer onto their upturned face. A proper power technique – which unfortunately means it will fail most of the time unless you’re fighting a smaller and weaker opponent. I had one opportunity to try it in a real fight, and it failed as I couldn’t pull their head back enough ready for the smash.
I think it was probably this ‘real world’ experience that took me to the next level. I wanted stuff that worked.
Not only that, I wanted stuff that worked against stronger people. Stuff that worked when I was injured or losing, or just had one chance and one single shot.
Unsurprisingly, here started the time when I drifted into Muay Thai kickboxing and Ninjitsu (and later still, Russian Systema). Both arts have techniques tried and tested to work, and don’t shroud it all in useless bullshit that you need to spend sixteen years in a horse-riding stance to learn.
Muay Thai taught me how utterly devastating a strike from an elbow can be. I learnt how to use my knees to full power to cripple someone in a single and often invisible strike.
Ninjutsu opened my mind to body mechanics and how you can use the movements of an opponents own body against him.
My go-to move became the now well-known strike with the heel of your palm to the nose of your opponent. Except I knew that you don’t do that – you strike the pressure point just below the nose upwards at 45 degrees. Either that or the Tiger Claw strike using your foreknuckles to the throat, knee, nose etc…
Then I learnt the joys of incapacitating someone by using strikes that were unexpected and not to the obvious places – the sword kick (sweeping motion utilising the edge of modern footwear to their inner shin), stupidly easy joint manipulations to escape any hold, using misdirection so they don’t even know how they got hit or what by. Kino Mutai – the art of biting. How to make someone injure themselves when they try to strike you. The list is endless and I’m still learning.
The really surprising thing is how easy all this stuff is. To do and to learn. And that’s what also makes it so scary – to think someone half your size may also know this stuff does a great job of persuading you not to go around starting fights!
In short, I know a lot of nasty ways to take someone out or even kill them, and whilst I’ll still always prefer to lose face and walk away from a fight (unless I genuinely can’t avoid it), there will always be a little part of me wondering… what if…
That’s the part of me that will end up in jail forever, though.