Kino Mutai

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Kino Mutai, also known as "the art of biting and pinching" is a specialized sub-section of some Filipino martial arts that allows biting and eye-gouging. Biting does not occur randomly, but involves extensive use of grappling, so as to allow the practitioner to control the opponent while deciding how to bite, where to bite and when to bite.

Principles and Techniques

Kino mutai techniques define how to bite, where to bite and when to bite. A kino mutai practitioner's always bites and holds. That means he knows the exact places on his opponent's body to bite and does so with precise timing. He grabs hold of his opponent using his superior grip strength and bites areas that would take his adversary literally minutes to pull him off. There are more than 140 places on the human body that he can bite for as long as he wants. While biting, he is implementing his knowledge of kinesiology and sensitivity to hang on like a pit bull. Favoured targets include sensitive and easily accessible areas such as the face, ear, nipple, groin, neck, and latissimus dorsi muscle. These targets are also preferred over others because of the difficulty countering a kino mutai practitioner biting them, which ensures that an uninterrupted bite can take place.

Origins and Development

Many Philippine escrimadors (escrima practitioners) possessed an incredible grip strength. That was a byproduct of wielding heavy sticks, swords and knives all day long. One of the most famous grandmasters, Floro Villabrille, could actually husk coconuts with his bare hands. Bruce Lee possessed incredible grip strength, too, which he further improved by using innovative equipment to further develop tendon strength in his fingers and forearms. A strong grip is one of the most important attributes in kino mutai. Being able to hold onto an opponent  is important when applying targeted bites is the main purpose.

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