Vertical Knife Hand Strike - Marine Corps Martial Arts Technique
This page examines the vertical 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.
Vertical Knife Hand Strike
The vertical knife hand strike is primarily used to target the back of the neck and attacking soft tissue areas of the body.
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 of the body is the back of the neck.
~ Assume the basic warrior stance.
~ Execute a knife hand by extending and joining the fingers of your right hand and placing your thumb next to your forefinger (like saluting).
~ Bring your right hand back over your right shoulder and rotate your right hip and right shoulder backwards.
~ Your arm is bent at approximately a 45- to 90-degree angle. Drop your knife hand downward (vertically) onto the aggressor while dropping your body weight and rotating your right hip and shoulder forward.
~ Palm should be facing inboard. Follow through the primary target area with your hand.
~ Rapidly return back to the basic warrior stance. See figure 3-8.
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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 - 06/16/15
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