Marine Corps Martial Arts Tan Belt - Eye Strike

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Marine Corps Martial Arts Tan Belt - Eye Strike

This section focuses on tan belt techniques used by the Marine Corps martial arts program. This page examines the eye gouge self-defense technique used in the Marine Corps martial arts program. To learn about other martial arts hand strikes, please visit the main Punches & Hand Strikes section. 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.

Eye Gouge

The eye gouge is used to attack the aggressor’s eyes, blinding him so follow-up strikes can be executed.

Striking Surface

The striking surface is the tips of the fingers and thumb. The strike can be executed by either lead or rear hand.

Target Area of the Body

The primary target area is the eye.


~ From the basic warrior stance extend your left hand with your fingers slightly spread apart to allow entry into the eye sockets.
~ With the palm of your hand either toward the deck or toward the sky, thrust your left hand forward into the aggressor’s eyes.
~ Thrust your hand forward at the aggressor’s nose level so that your fingers can slide naturally into the grooves of his eye sockets.
~ When striking toward the nose, there is a better chance the fingers will slide up and into the eye sockets.


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  1. Information from Public Domain Document, MCRP 3-02B, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP),, Added - 03/02/15

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