Where to Punch Someone to Cause the Most Pain

Punch the Attacker in the Throat

This may seem like a very typical first move to make. However, you would be surprised how many people are afraid to actually do this in a bad situation.

If you are actually in a situation with an attacker, you’re going to be scared.

You need to train to have your body react when being attacked or in a fight. The only way to get that quick reaction is to do some self-defense training.

Either way, you want to do whatever you can to get away from an attacker. You want to cause them enough pain to release you so that you can get out of the situation.

In any sort of bad situation, it is better to take a risky chance (or any chance) than to end up in an even worse situation.

The best ways to cause the most pain to the throat would be to hit the attacker with a regular fist, a hammer fist, or a karate chop. These are easy techniques that can be learned quickly on the video we are sharing in this article.

The throat is a very sensitive part of the body. This is where you can cut off breathing. Push with a little pressure on your own throat and you will already feel uncomfortable.

Now, imagine someone hitting you there with all their force.

This is a perfect place to aim for when fighting for your life and trying to get away from an attacker.

Straight punch

Throw a lead arm punch and direct it at the throat. This is usually what your body will automatically do if you have no prior knowledge or experience about fighting.

Hammer fist

A hammer fist (or hammer strike) is when you swing your fist downwards or sideways towards the attacker’s throat.

So in this instance, you would swing sideways towards the target’s throat. This type of strike allows for less damage to your hand. The video below shows greater detail.

This is ideal because it harms the attacker but not you.

Sometimes when punching or striking someone, it can be easy for you to hurt or break your hand. This can happen if you have no prior experience in punching properly.

With the hammer strike, you are even more likely of hurting your attacker without hurting yourself.

Obviously, if you are in a bad situation your top priority is getting out of the situation safely. However, you want to try to get out of the situation as safe and unharmed as possible.

Karate chop

Everyone, I would think would know how to do a karate chop. You use this but instead of chopping down, you go sideways into the throat.



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Bring the hand back to the face

Once your strike lands, you might be tempted to leave your fist in midair or drop your hand to your waist. That’s an invitation for retaliation. Instead, as soon as your punch reaches the end of its journey, you want to bring it immediately back toward your face for defense, whether your original punch landed or not.

As your hand comes back, reset the rest of your body as well. You want to get back to that solid base, with your feet in a strong position and your arms ready to protect your face and core. Even if you’re just hitting a punching bag, establishing good habits during practice will prepare you for throwing a punch in the real world.

Rehearse these movements many times, and they’ll eventually start to feel natural. So when you actually have to throw a punch, your body can respond automatically. To get even better, we recommend finding a reputable self-defense or martial arts instructor—rather than feeding hundreds of dollars into that punching-bag arcade game.

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Behind the Ear

In amateur and professional fighting, it’s not only frowned upon to hit a person in the back of the head, but usually illegal. But what flies in the street and in the ring are two completely different things. There’s a big bundle of nerves in this area, and the coolest thing about this spot is that you can actually feel them with your hands. Apply pressure to the area about an inch and a half or two inches behind the bottom of either one of your ears, farther toward the back of your head. Do you feel how sensitive it is? Now imagine getting punched there. Aside from throwing off your equilibrium, a direct tap on these nerves can—and frequently does—yield a knockout. Link

Reasons for Liver Shots

 There are three reasons why liver shots are widel

 There are three reasons why liver shots are widely used:

1- To make your opponent off

The body punches, especially the liver shots are extremely viable when you need to kick the other fighter out.

Since you can blow him which will lower down the rate of oxygen of his muscles, this will make him out of oxygen more rapidly. You can do it to be on top of the fight.

2- To hurt the body

This is the most evident motivation behind why the liver punches are preferred. They can be extremely painful.

Some of the time they can even be the reason for TKO if your opponent can’t proceed because of the blow.

3- Find them slumbering

When you hit somebody hard in the liver possibilities are that he is going to bring him down. At that point, you can arrive some perfect punches in the head.

This works very well, particularly when you caught your opponent against the ropes or in the corner. It’s an intelligent method to find somebody lazy and hit him/her.

Liver punch KO is very common, as not every fighter can bear it and carry on the fight.

If a hit to the liver is serious enough, you can lose awareness. There can be lost awareness brought about by this course where you have the moderating of the pulse and the expansion of the veins, while simultaneously you get a tightening of veins in the brain. It resembles your body does everything incorrectly right then and there.

When you have a low circulatory strain, regularly the body will tighten the veins to attempt to keep up the weight. Especially in the mind, we have shunting, where the brain vessels can choke separately from the remainder of the body.

For reasons unknown, when you have this abrupt enlargement of veins from a liver shot and the drop in pulse and the brain strain drops all of a sudden, the mind believes it’s not getting enough pulse. In this condition, it tightens the veins in the brain as it were. What’s more, that further confines the blood stream and afterward you have lost awareness.

Liver Shot Vs. Kidney Shot

Extremely, that can occur with any of the inward organs, however, the reason the liver is so normal is it’s the biggest organ in the guts, and it’s the most defenseless because it marginally projects under the ribcage. Kidneys aren’t as uncovered as you may think they are, and they have a great deal of muscle on top.

They’re pressed up high under the rib confine and your back and you have a ton of solid back muscles. Presently, the liver is likely one of the most significant organs in the body forever, other than the heart. As the significance of the liver expanded as we’ve developed, the size expanded.

As the elements of the liver turned out to be increasingly mind boggling, the size expanded.

However, for reasons unknown the ribcage didn’t grow to such an extent, so the liver is defenseless.

A punch or kick to the head appears to be an intelligent method to acquire a speedy knockout.

However, the liver shot is an abnormally ground-breaking organ that can drop your opponent to the canvas similarly as quick.

The Chin/Jaw

The chin and/or jaw are great places to really put somebody out, and luckily, it doesn’t need to be terrifically accurate to have the desired effect. People talk a lot about hitting someone on the “button,” but believe it or not, that button doesn’t exist. The reason a whack in the jaw can knock somebody out is, your brain is this big giant thing, floating around in liquid—and it’s super sensitive. Knocking someone with a good straight right or even jab to the chin or jaw can cause enough trauma that the brain will actually bounce inside the skull and momentarily shut down. That is a knock out. Link

The 9 Best Places to Punch Someone

The Nose

A shot to the nose is sort of your all in one move at the advent of hostilities, assuming your foe does not qualify for truly massive retaliation. Any good whack to the nose will produce considerable pain, severely teary eyes and plenty of bleeding.

A jab here is rarely debilitating on its own but is a great setup for a stronger punch. A stiff cross can break the nose, upping the ante. This impairs breathing and is shockingly painful.

The effects of this are threefold: One, this will separate the groupies from the true hardasses, as your milder souls will usually decide they have had enough fun if they get busted in the face, hard, one good time.

Second, a stiff punch to the nose says “back off!” in every language, clime and place, so an assailant who presses their advance after that is officially qualifying themselves for worse to come.

Third, it is difficult for all but the most locked on-fighters to keep their cool when their nose gets smashed. Someone who is enraged is usually sloppier, something you can use to your advantage.

Make a punch to the nose your opening move in situations where physical force is warranted, but not quite at play-for-keeps levels.

The Throat

There is of course a great reason while all fighters worthy of the name and every boxing and MMA coach from here to the moon will constantly chide pupils to keep their chins down.

The chin itself is a great target (more to come on that in a minute) but more importantly doing so helps protect a really vulnerable target: the throat.

Do not punch someone here unless you seriously want to incapacitate them. The risk of death is definitely non-zero. A punch to the throat can crush the larynx, cutting off breathing, and in any case is a very painful blow.

Most folks who are struck hard in the throat, even with the larynx left intact, will think they are choking and struggle to breathe.

Any hard blow to any facing of the neck also carries with it a significant chance of damaging the spine or disrupting major nerves and a selection of major veins and arteries, further causing harm and going a long way to taking the starch out of someone. If someone seriously threatening you shows you their throat, go for it.

The Side of the Neck

Similar in effect to targeting the throat, but the side of the neck is harder to protect with the head.

The side of the neck has the jugular vein, carotid artery and major nerve clusters that travel all the way into the trunk directly from the brain, all near the surface and ripe for a pummeling.

A sharp blow to any of them can cause unconsciousness or at the least significant upset of equilibrium and grueling pain.

Worse yet (for the recipient) is the vertebrae in the neck are highly vulnerable to shearing forces: while the neck enjoys good mobility in the rotational and tilting axes, it does not cope at all with lateral strain.

A good neck punch or chop can dislocate these vertebrae or damage the especially sensitive discs between, resulting in, you got it, blinding pain and even physical incapacitation.

The neck is easily attacked with a hook or straight on from the side if the opportunity presents itself.

Remember that while the head itself is equivalent to an armored command center, the neck is the barely reinforced tunnel leading to it.

It is an easy thing to take out the former by attacking the latter. Again, this is a terribly serious blow, one you should use judiciously.

The Base of the Skull

The infamous and reviled rabbit punch, so named for its similarity to a common maneuver used by hunters to quickly dispatch in clean fashion rabbits caught in the field.

This punch is completely illegal in almost all forms of combative sport and is surely considered lethal force when aimed with intent.

Real quick: feel the back of your head for that little bump and notch in the middle. Feel the bump? Great, now lay three fingers in that little hollow right below it. That’s the bullseye.

A punch here has a high chance of severely wounding, even killing, the recipient. Damage to vertebrae and the spinal cord are high. A powerful punch might even detach the spine from the brain, almost always resulting in instant death.

If you are presented with this target and the fight is dire, aim small and hammer them. A punch here goes a long way to taking the fight out of someone, sometimes permanently. That being said, you should never, ever strike here if you are not prepared or justified in using lethal force.

The Jaw

The last of our targets on the head before we head south, the jaw is the classic boxers target when aiming for the head. The “buzzer” or “button” is a known and favored knockout point.

The jaw, for all its ruggedness, is vulnerable to damage and displacement. Striking the chin from below or the side will easily result in knockout compared to other locations, though a person’s propensity to being knocked out in this way varies for physiological reasons.

Striking the jaw near its hinge, where it connects to the skull, is a great way to dislocate it, causing immense pain and enhancing the effect of follow up strikes.

An uppercut will produce a similar knockout effect while also crushing the teeth together with perhaps the tongue between them. No matter how you connect, if you connect solidly and with force you will probably rock your opponent on their heels.

Attacking the jaw is not without its drawbacks. For one, the face and head are the most likely to be protected by the hands of your opponent.

The jaw and mouth also contain sharp teeth, which get even sharper when broken or knocked out by, let’s say, a punch!

If you miss or your opponent bobs you might strike them in the mouth. Painful for both parties, but not as effective as a good, hard punch to the jaw.

One thing to keep in mind when striking to knockout a foe: should you score a good knockout blow and put them out on their feet, their head has a long way to go before hitting the ground, and it will be completely uncontrolled and unarrested to boot.

This is a predominate cause of major injury and death, so take care.

The Celiac Plexus

AKA the solar plexus. The celiac plexus as a target is attacked by striking the centerline of the body midway between the bellybutton and the nipples.

The celiac plexus is a radiating network of nerve fibers in the abdomen, conveniently located near a big intersection of arteries, just in front of the diaphragm.

When nailed hard, this region responds with two typical protests: spasms in the diaphragm and searing, nauseous pain. If you have ever had the “wind” knocked out of you, this is the likely culprit.

This causes significant difficulty breathing until the effects pass, and a really good shot may even disrupt, if only briefly, organ function in the vicinity, meaning more pain and distraction.

To my knowledge, no one has died as a direct result of being struck here, so a punch to the “gut” like this is another good intermediate force option.

The temporary loss of breath resulting from a blow to the celiac plexus, especially when already exerted, can cause panic even in tough guys.

If you are delivering body blows, make sure you are aiming for this location or a little higher (just beneath the sternum) but don’t go so high that you strike the rib cage head on; the ribs are designed to protect the chest and do a good job of it, even against hard punches. Make your shots count!

The Kidneys

For those who have endured an injury, impact or ailment involving the kidneys, the pain endured will never be forgotten. Among all the organs of the body, few rival the kidneys in sensitivity to damage.

A punch to the kidneys is usually a target of opportunity as anyone facing you and on their feet will not present them as a matter of course, but nonetheless if you have an opening carpe them diems and punch those suckers!

The pain from a good kidney strike is blinding, breathtaking and incapacitating for all but the hardest of the hard.

The pain is so searing and intense it is nothing short of exquisite.

Only the highly trained, extremely tough or fanatically motivated will persevere through the tsunami of agony that engulfs them when they suffer a blow to either or, gulp, both kidneys.

Contrary to popular scientific wild-ass guesstimations about the location of the kidneys on another human, they are not down low near the mid back or hips.

The kidneys hide, safe and sound, up under and behind the ribs and are further buttressed on either side by the spine.

This is not an easy punch to land and even if you have a clear angle the geometry is not such that a good connection is assured. But if you do, boy oh boy, will you have left your attacker something to remember you by!

The Groin

You knew it was going to be on here. Our last stop is the classic nut shot (or clam slam, against women), a favorite of any-dirty-trick-in-the-book brawlers and street fighters the world over.

The reasons are elemental, and visceral: for men especially but women also damage to the reproductive organ is immensely and cripplingly painful, and the added psychological distress caused by the very literal attack on their ability to bear offspring is tough to deal with.

The delicate tissues and organs are home to countless nerves that are inordinately sensitive to pain and damage. A solid blow that impinges on any of the above will buckle most folks with agony, adrenaline be damned.

Chances are you will not be punching down at the groin while standing, but if you are forced to your knees or are striking while standing you can easily lash out at the breadbasket.

Another option is attacking this target as a “finisher” on a downed opponent to make sure they stay down for a time.

Once more, while I do not know of anyone who died from being struck in the groin, there have been plenty of reports of, ah, gruesome injuries over the years, so make sure you are fighting for keeps.

The Liver

Your liver is a huge, wedge-like organ positioned between your ribs and lungs on the right side of the body.

It’s important for removing pollutants from your circulation, making bile to break down fats, and manufacturing clotting factors.

The liver is our body’s largest organ and can store up to 1 pint of blood at any one time. It’s also one of the most damaged organs in our bodies, especially from blunt force injuries.

Like a brutal body blow, for instance!

If someone sustains blunt force trauma to their liver, it might induce one or more of the following types of damage: hematoma, resulting from a damage to a blood vessel and leading to the collection of blood outside the blood vessel itself

Tearing of the liver, which can be relatively minor and cause no bleeding, or it can be deep and cause heavy bleeding or even total loss of blood supply to the liver.

None of these are good outcomes for the poor recipient!

A clean strike to the liver is the crown jewel of body shots. A sharp blow to the liver can cause paralyzing, blinding pain that only the hardest of the hardcore can fight through.

The liver is located on the right side of the body, just below the ribcage, meaning it is a great target for low-line hooks or brutal uppercuts.

Whenever you see a big body blow stagger then collapse a fighter, it is likely he just got his liver walloped.

You can exploit this vulnerability to your advantage while protecting your hands from serious damage at the same time.

When standing up and facing off, the liver is pretty well guarded from punches but when the angle of attack changes or an opportunity presents itself, don’t hesitate!

Can you hit anyone?

It is okay to hit someone: In defense of yourself or another against a credible threat of imminent harm. When you’re boxing, sparring, doing MMA, practicing martial arts, or in some other setting where it’s expected as part of a sports activity or other mutually agreed-upon recreational activity.


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