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Striking the Throat

Striking the throat in a self defence situation can offer several benefits. My preferred target area which has given me good results each time (apart from one that worried me a little).


A well executed strike to the throat can instantly disrupt an attacker's ability to breathe and speak, causing intense pain and shock. This immediate impact can create a window of opportunity to escape or gain control of the situation.


Unlike targeting other areas of the body that may require more force to incapacitate an attacker, the throat is a vulnerable spot regardless of the assailant's size or strength. This makes it a more equalising target, particularly for individuals facing larger or more physically imposing aggressors.


Throat strikes can be executed from a relatively safe distance, but also at extremely close quarters.


While precision and technique are important for some, strikes to the throat often require less training to be effective compared to most techniques. This makes it a practical option for someone with limited experience.


The severity of a throat strike can serve as a deterrent against further aggression. Knowing the potential consequences of such an attack may cause an aggressor to reconsider their actions or retreat altogether, de-escalating the situation without the need for further violence.


Strikes to the throat can be integrated into various other techniques, making them adaptable to different scenarios and personal skill sets. Whether used as a primary defensive tactic or as part of a larger strategy, the versatility of the throat strike enhances ones effectiveness in self defence situations.


Overall, while striking the throat should be approached with caution and a clear understanding of the potential consequences, it can be a valuable tool for someone seeking to protect themselves in threatening situations.


As much as it is a perfect target, there can be consequences.


There are also of course moral Considerations to think about. Deliberately targeting a vulnerable area like the the throat raises moral questions about the intent to cause harm or potentially lethal injury to the attacker.


Given the significant risks involved, striking the throat should only be considered as a last resort in situations where there is an immediate threat to life or safety, and other self defence options have been exhausted. Proper training, awareness of legal implications, and a clear understanding of the potential consequences are essential for anyone considering this tactic in self defence.


Striking the throat can cause various types of damage depending on the force and location of the strike.


Even a moderate blow can cause bruising and swelling, leading to pain and difficulty swallowing or breathing.

The larynx, or voice box, can be injured, resulting in difficulty speaking or breathing, hoarseness, or even complete loss of voice.

Injury to the trachea can occur, causing difficulty breathing, coughing, or wheezing. Severe injury may result in a collapsed trachea, which can be life threatening.

It may cause damage to blood vessels in the neck, leading to bleeding, hematoma (blood clot), or even internal bleeding if a major vessel is ruptured.

Nerves in the throat area may be injured, causing pain, numbness, or tingling sensations. Severe nerve damage could result in loss of sensation or function in the affected area.


In extreme cases, the force of a blow to the throat can cause fractures in the larynx, hyoid bone, or other surrounding structures, potentially leading to serious complications such as airway obstruction or damage to nearby nerves and blood vessels.


Depending on the severity of the injury, swelling or other effects may obstruct the airway, leading to difficulty breathing or even suffocation if not treated promptly.


In summary, striking the throat can cause a range of injuries, from minor discomfort to severe, life threatening complications, and should be avoided whenever possible. If someone experiences a blow to the throat and exhibits symptoms such as difficulty breathing, swallowing, or speaking, or if there is significant pain or swelling, immediate medical attention should be sought.


DJN

Fendo UK

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