How to Knock Someone Out in One Punch

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In traditional karate, attack techniques were designed to kill or knockout an opponent in one punch. Knock out an aggressive competitor with tips from a martial arts teacher in this free video on knockouts.

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Hi everybody I'm John Graden from the Martial Arts Teachers Association and johngraden.com. How do you knock somebody out with one punch? It's just a great question, because the origins of Karate, traditional Martial Arts training, was that one technique should be enough to stop a man or actually kill him. So even the tournaments were built around this idea of one punch, you score one punch, the match is over. You win because technically, that punch should have killed your opponent. With the advent of Kickboxing and allowing Martial Arts actually to hit each other full blast, they weren't getting killed. But a lot of them we're definitely getting knocked out. Here's how, if you were ever, you know, it's difficult to say, "okay, I'm going to knock you out with this technique". But, if you're going to try and knock somebody out, here's the way to do it. This is only for illustration and education. This is not what you're going to go out practice or turn this off right now. So just for kicks, just for fun, let's look at some of the techniques involve in really devastating somebody with a punch. Here's what I want to try and do. His brain is floating in his skull in fluid. I want to snap his head. So a punch like a hook punch, anything that's going to get his head to snap, the brain then bounces against the side of the skull wall, that's what knocks him out, not my punch. So typically, you'll see guys getting knocked out from spinning kick, kicks or punches that snap the head real hard. That causes the brain to bounce against the skull. That causes the block out. That usually is not what the real damage happens. I mean, it's not something I would recommend, but, it does some of the real damage happens. The real damage is when he falls down, his head hits the floor. That's typically the more devastating shot. So, one we're going to try and get his head to snap. Two, I'm going to aim for his temple. So if I'm not let go get his head to snap, if I can hit him right under the ears, a big bundle of nerves right there. Often I use my back leg, round kick and kicks the guy right under the ear. I brought it in one time, he just went against the wall and he just slowly slump to the ground. He said he felt like his brain was bleeding into his body. That's how powerful that technique can be. So there's big bunch of nerves right under the ear that I want to aim for or try snap his head or I'm aiming for the temple. Places where it's hard to knock somebody out, if you hit them straight in the forehead, that's really hard. You probably end up hurting your hand more than his head. Or just smash and straight in to the face. That typically, is not going to kill somebody. You're going to snap that head or you're going to hit nerve bundles. Joining me of course, this is Joe Big Naughty from Pro Star Mix Martial Arts and I appreciate you allowing me to use your head. I'm John Graden, thanks.

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