Sunday, October 1, 2017

On Striking into the neck


 

For Bushi No Te Isshinryu  I wish to express these thoughts.

 

In Conditions Extremis, when your life is on the line,

your first thought must be on striking anyplace that can preserve your life.

 

That said recognize that the opponents neck is itself a likely target of opportunity.

It controls what the opponent sees, is filled with mechanisms that control their life, and is readily a target.  It is a target from all directions, from the front, from the side and from the rear.

 

Years ago the US Marines found out the hard way when fighting in the Philippians Islands that their necks were on the line literally, and as a result began wearing leather collars to stop slicing attacks with knives and swords to that area. Hence they earned the nickname “Leather Necks”.

 

So looking at the tools available to us, might be a good idea.

 

Available weapons:

 

1. the Vertical fist striking with the first 2 knuckles

2. the Vertical fist canted to 11 or 1 o’clock for a better fit.

3. the vertical fist as a vertical ridge of knuckles.

4. the vertical fist as a canted ridge of knuckles.

5. Striking with the little knuckle of the vertical fist.

6. Grabbing the throat

7. Striking into the throat with the web of the hand a

nd then grabbing the sides of the neck on the retraction of the hand.

8. Striking with the sword hand fingertips straight on

9. Striking with the side of the knife hand into the side of the neck,

10. Striking with the thumb of the Isshinryu vertical fist

11. Striking with the index knuckle and the thumb

 of the Isshinryu vertical fist.

12. Striking with the index knuckle of the Isshinryu vertical fist.

13. Striking with the inside of the ridge hand into the neck.

14. Striking with the thumb underneath the ridge  hand into the neck.

15. Striking with a ridge hand

 where the thumb is touching the index finger forming an “O”

16. Striking with a ridge hand

where the thumb is touching the middle finger forming an “O”

17. Striking into the side of the neck with the two lead fingers extended.

18. Striking into the side of the neck with the bent thumb knuckle whe the two lead fingers are extended.

19. Striking into the side of the neck,

with the last two knuckles of the hand in the two extended finger formation. This is tai chi’s ‘secret sword hand’.

20. Striking into the side of the neck with the back of the hand done in a descending slapping motion, into the formation of the neck

where that hand naturally fits.

21. Striking into the side of the neck with the back of the back fist

 done in a descending slapping motion

22. Striking into the back of the neck with a sword hand

 (actualy any hand formation works to the back of the neck)

23. Striking into the side of the neck with a descending forearm.

24.  Supported Single finger strikes
(such as done with the Eagle Claw Snake Strike.

25. Two finger strikes to the Adams Apple

 

Of course there are quite a few other options,

But those discussions are for another day.

 

It is worth investigating the neck mechanism that are struck.


 

 



From the Hidden Root of Aikido by Shiro Omiya
 
 

 

This is a companion piece to what I wrote concerning Controlling the Neck.

This is a older analysis of neck control issues and knowledge,

But it still is appropriate.


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