Four Finger Poke - Martial Arts Self-Defense Technique

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Four Finger Poke - Martial Arts Self-Defense Technique

This page provides details for the four finger poke. This self-defense technique is a variation of the traditional two finger poke (scissor poke or Three Stooges poke). While the four finger poke looks like a Vulcan salute, it is a stronger reinforced finger poke than the two finger version.

This strike can be used as a self-defense weapon for close combat, if someone is trapped by a stronger opponent or if they have long finger nails. This technique is often used by women in order to escape an attacker (i.e. rapist). The four finger poke is most often used against an attacker's eyes.

In order to reduce the potential for accidents, many martial arts schools practice eye strikes against the eyes of BOB (Body Opponent Bags) versus "live" students. Or they practice against students who are wearing large plastic face shields in order to protect the student's eyes and face.

For other martial arts punches & strikes, please visit the main Punches & Strikes section.

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Instructional Video on Self-Defense Finger Strikes or Pokes


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