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Knife Hand Strike - Marine Corps Martial Arts Technique
This page examines the knife hand 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.
Knife Hand Strikes
Knife hand strikes are used when the primary target area is narrow, for example, to allow for strikes on the neck between body armor and a helmet. The knife hand strike can be executed from one of three angles: outside/forward, inside/reverse, and vertical.
Outside/Forward Knife Hand Strike
The outside/forward knife hand strike is used when the primary target area is narrow and to attack soft target areas of the body such as the sides of the neck. Results of the attack can stun the aggressor allowing you to conduct follow-on techniques.
The striking surface is the meaty portion of the hand between the bottom of the little finger and the wrist.
Target Area of the Body
The primary target area for the knife hand strike is the neck.
~ Assume the basic warrior stance.
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