Strikes in The Neck

One of the most common and dangerous injuries that occurs in sports today is the neck injury. Many a weight lifting machine and numerous neck exercises have been invented and tried to strengthen the neck to help prevent the neck injury. But just making the neck stronger is like padding a glass jar and then repeatedly throwing it against the wall. Finally no matter how much padding someone will throw it just right and break the jar. So the same is true with the neck. The athlete often just tries to pad it more, or make it stronger and then keeps butting his head into other people and hitting his head against the wall. Finally one of the blows will be just right and the neck will get injured. It is a much better and safer idea to use your KI, to protect your neck and spine from injury. Remember, we are still relying heavily on the muscles to protect the neck, but now we are adding the protection of the breath and the concentration power of the mind.

Procedure for Taking a strike in the front of the throat or neck:

1. Tighten the neck muscles as tight as possible.

2. Jut the bottom jaw forward so that you have an under bite effect. At the same time pull back on the tongue and make the same muscle contraction you would use when you are swallowing.

3. Lift the shoulders up and the traps muscles should be flexed. Tighten the fists to give strength to the trap and shoulder muscles.

4. Focus the mind on the fact that you are going to get struck in the neck and that you are not going to get hurt.

5. Breathe out slowly but extremely forcefully while you wait for the blow, at the instant of impact, really force your air through your neck (but do not make a sound or a noise other than the air escaping from your mouth).

6. Keep the neck muscles and mind concentrated till you are sure no more blows are coming.

If you are doing this exercise correctly you can test to see if your neck is protecting itself by seeing if you have protected your adams apple area or larynx. To do this have your partner try to choke you. If you are doing the exercise correctly, your larynx should float back into the muscle area of your neck and be protected there. Do not bend your neck in such a fashion that your jaw rests on your chest because then you have not protected the neck, but exposed the jaw and teeth.

IMPORTANT.. .IF YOU CAN'T HIT YOURSELF IN THE THROAT AND NOT GET HURT. YOU CAN'T LET

ANYONE ELSE HIT YOU IN THE THROAT.

IMPORTANT.. .IF YOU CAN'T HIT YOURSELF IN THE THROAT AND NOT GET HURT. YOU CAN'T LET

ANYONE ELSE HIT YOU IN THE THROAT.

DO NOT PRACTICE THROAT KI UNTIL YOU HAVE A THROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF MASTERY OF KI.

YOU CAN GET KILLED.

If you are going to get struck in the back of the neck, you must do the following things in order to use your KI to protect your neck and spine.

1. Keep the back and spine as much as possible in a straight line. Do not be leaning forward or backwards.

2. Tighten all the muscles surrounding the neck for protection.

3. Exhale your breath forcefully to allow full muscle contraction and to aid your mind concentration.

4. Concentrate the mind very hard on the area being hit and firmly believe you will not be injured.

Notes: The neck can be protected by the use of KI but this is a very dangerous area to make a mistake in while practicing. I do not advise that you ever practice with full power blows to the front of the back of the neck, but rather practice with softer blows so that you can develop your technique and timing so that if you were hit there in the actual situation you could react fast enough and correctly.

Often you do not see the blows coming from behind to the back of the neck for the obvious reason that you do not have eyes in the back of your head. However you can be prepared for such blows as much as possible by getting into the habit of not relaxing the neck muscles and not leaning the neck forward or backwards.

The body position at the time of the impact from the strike in the neck. Note the jaw jutting forward, the neck being tightened and the concentration on the neck area.

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