Palm Heel Strike - Marine Corps Martial Arts Technique
This page examines the palm heel strike used in the Marine Corps martial arts program. Overall, this section focuses on gray belt techniques used by the Marine Corps martial arts program. Information from Public Domain Document, MCRP 3-02B, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP).
For more Marine Corps techniques, please visit the main Marine Corps Martial Arts Program section. If you are searching for hand techniques used by other martial arts styles, please visit the main Punches & Hand Strikes section.
Chin Jab/Palm Heel Strike
The chin jab/palm heel strike can immediately render an aggressor unconscious and cause extensive damage to the neck and spine.
The striking surface is the palm’s heel of the hand.
Target Area of the Body
The primary target area is the bottom of the aggressor’s chin.
- Begin in the basic warrior stance.
- Bend your right wrist back at a 90-degree angle with your palm facing the aggressor and your fingers pointing up.
- Extend your hand into a flat position with your fingers bent and joined at the second knuckle.
- Keep your right arm bent and close to your body.
- Move forward, to close with the aggressor. You may have to grab the aggressor’s elbow or the back of his neck with your left hand to maintain control of him.
- Keeping your right arm bent and close to your side, thrust the palm of your hand directly up under the aggressor’s chin.
- At the same time, rotate your right hip forward to drive your body weight into the attack to increase the power of the strike.
- Push off on the ball of the right foot to direct your body weight into the attack from low to high.
- The attack should travel up the centerline of the aggressor’s chest to his chin. Contact should be made on the aggressor’s chin with the heel of your palm. Follow through the primary target area with your hand and body momentum.
- Rapidly return back to the basic warrior stance. See figure 3-5.
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- Information from Public Domain Document, MCRP 3-02B, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP), http://www.marines.mil/News/Publications/ELECTRONICLIBRARY.aspx, Added - 05/29/15
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