Discuss the medical implications and realities of close quarters combat as it relates to human anatomy and physiology.

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Postby San Soo Sifu » Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:05 am

Dave Lorenson wrote:From: Sifu Dave
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Target: Nose

Effective Strikes:
Punches -- Better from the side, if straight on it is better to aim for the cartilege rather than the bridge.

Palm Strikes -- Very effective from straight on, especially with a strike that is moving upward.

Back Knuckle Fists -- Slightly more risky for your hand, but if aimed correctly this is a very devastating blow.

Hammer Fists -- Devastating from basically any direction.

Elbows -- Crushing.

Head Butts -- Not recommended unless you really need this, because of the risk involved. Very effective; however, when executed correctly.

Knees -- Usually takes opponent out because of the force used. Can make your knee sore for awhile though.

Kicks -- Given the proper circumstances kicks to the nose are extremely effective. The reason I say it this way is because of the danger in initiating combat with a high kick. Though at times this may be necessary, it is wiser to keep your feet closer to the ground, and kick the head when it is in a better range.

Patho-physiology: The nose is a very important structure as it is part of the upper airway. It is sensitive and highly vascular; meaning when you get hit here, it hurts and bleeds a lot. Many times people break their hands striking the nose because they improperly hit the bridge of the nose where the bone is strong. While it is possible to hit the bridge with a correct blow, it is better in most situations to strike the cartilage at the lower half of the nose. The nasal septum (cartilage in between the two nares [nostrils]) is easily fractured and displaced. Also, immediately below the septum, and just above the upper lip, is a highly sensitive area good for control moves, as well as striking. When the nose is struck, because the blood vessels are close to the surface of the membranes on the inside, bleeding usually occurs rapidly. The blood fills up the sinuses, and pours out through the nostrils, and down the back of the throat. Obviously, this causes greater trouble in the opponent, by inhibiting free exchange of air. Pain is another great factor, which is very real here. The body reacts to painful stimulus in the nose by squinting the eyes and tearing. This in turn, obstructs the opponent's vision. Not only the above, but also striking the nose causes a concussion to some degree of the brain, and this can have from minor to severe effects. Reaching your index and long fingers into the nares (nostrils) can be very effective in drawing the face down into your knee, or simply controlling the opponent. If your opponent happens to have a nose ring, all the better; use it to your advantage. This is why ranchers use them to control bulls; it is very effective.
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