Chop/Slap To The Groin

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Chop/Slap to the Groin

This is a primary groin strike best used when caught in a bear hug from behind (arms pinned) or a rear standard choke or a sideways facing passive aggressive opponent.


  • From a rear choke you step to the side using your curled fingers to quickly and forcefully pluck the hands away from your neck (common in Krav Maga)
    • The opposite hand of the side that you moved to follows the downward plucking motion right into the groin with a chopping/swinging like motion
    • From there there are a number of ways to finish attacking the opponent, control them, or just get away
  • From a bear hug from behind with arms pinned to your body, shift the hips to the side and take a step if possible
    • The opposite arm will quickly strike back into the groin and loosen the opponent
    • A number of follow up techniques can then be used to fully get out of the grab
    • From there there are a number of ways to finish attacking the opponent, control them, or just get away
  • Two opponent scenario with the both of them threatening ly getting closer to you but in a fairly calm manner because the know they have you out numbered
    • On of them closer than the other or you yourself and shift to be closer to one than the other
    • Try to angle yourself so that the closer one is mostly to your side, right or left
    • Then as they are talking the same quick explosive groin chop can be used on the closer opponent, giving you time to deal with the other or get away
    • This is a preemptive attack that will buy some time to deal with the situation

Krav Maga example from the choke

Karate example of the bear hug

For more on the groin refer back to the Groin page
For more on vital points refer to the Vital points page
For more on martial arts anatomy refer to the Anatomy page

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