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Kino Mutai Fighting Tips - Street Fight Mentality & Fight Sport

Kino Mutai, the extreme defense of the Philippine kali to bite, to pinch, to tear

Kina Mutai or Kino Mutai or Ankab Pagkusi is the deadly Philippine martial art of biting, pinching and tearing!

Consider that you were brought ashore by a professional fighter of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, stuck on the ground, in an extremely vulnerable position!

How can you escape? The answer is simple!

Using Kino Mutai techniques!

Kino Mutai is part of the Philippine martial arts heritage and uses to bite more than 100 points in the human body!

It is said that one day Bruce Lee while practicing Western wrestling and was approached by a skilled wrestling opponent who asked him what he would do if he actually found himself at a disadvantage with an experienced and heavier wrestler like him.

Kino Mutai Fighting Tips - Street Fight Mentality & Fight SportLee immediately replied:

“Well, I’ll bite you, of course!!!.”

The theory or if we want philosophy of the JKD being a true non-sporting combat system includes a survival mentality and therefore a psychological approach where you have to do or be willing to whatever is necessary to defend yourself.

Do you remember Mike Tyson with Evander Holyfield who during the match with a bite detached a piece of his ear?.

This episode, however sad, has remained in the history of boxing, but in a different interpretation it was an interesting episode.

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My own experience of Kino Mutai

A few months ago I was playing with my partner who grew up in the “ugly” neighborhoods of downtown. Habana struggling and I blocked her that she could not move, but she took my nose with her teeth squeezing it “slowly” but I assure you that it was already a very strong pain and I was forced to leave her.

If she wanted she could still bite more by tightening her grip but consider that even if it was not a tight bite the pain was already strong.

A second experience during a no-0 fight where I had taken this guy with a little dirty triangle had his face crushed by my thigh and he bit me to the point of piercing my shorts made from a gi, to the point of piercing them, clearly I had to give up for the excruciating pain and I gave him a slap but no one had seen what had happened until after seeing the laundry and the sign of the bite.

No Stop! Bite without interruption

The basic principle is to bite without interruption, this means that you put yourself in such a position that you can keep biting as long as you want, making it impossible for your opponent to escape your bites!

The Kino Mutai has 12 positions and each position has 4 variants!

It can be used to inflict pain, to escape a blockage and can be used to cut the arteries of the body that can cause severe bleeding!!!

Even pinching inside the biceps and the inner part of the thighs or rubbing and crunching / crushing the eyes with the thumbs, are a very effective way to escape lever locks and certainly discourages and sends the opponent’s psychology off balance!

Kino Mutai is an art of close combat used especially in the distance of catches and fights!

Many people consider it extreme, brutal and immoral, but no one can disagree with its effectiveness… The learning of the Kino Mutai is definitely an arsenal that makes the fighter more complete!

The Kino Mutai practitioner learns the different ways of biting, positions, transitions, body points to bite and also uses a Drill of special training in which he tries to cut a hole in the middle of a rough piece of meat only with his teeth, as fast as he can!!! ….


9 points of the arteries to attack with the Kino Mutai

  1. Radial Artery: the radial nerve runs very close to this pressure point and is extremely painful when crushed, especially to bite! If with a bite recides the artery, the person bleeds profusely, followed by tremors and finally death. (It’s the area where you’d feel for your wrist, follow your thumb down to your wrist.)

The arterial areas on the arms are ideal targets if you find the arm near the face or if your attacker is using his arm to try to block, choke, etc.

  1. Brachial Artery: The same thing as above, the only difference is that the brachial nerve is now the destination. (Zone where you would feel your wrist in the cubic ante pit, or the inner fold of the elbow).

This area is ideal and to use if your head is near the attacker’s neck:

  1. Carotid: located right next to the Adam’s pome. Other secondary targets that may be affected by a bite are the inner and outer jugular veins that follow on the side of the neck. If you bite here the odds are that to create damage to any of these blood vessels causes a profuse hemorrhage with similar results as with any trauma on the vessels.


The arteries that can be targets on the lower extremities of the body:

  1. Popliteal artery: located at the back of the knee. It could be a possibility, if your opponent is using his legs with a triangle lever, a bar on his arm, etc. Every time your face winds around the back of your knee presents a good opportunity to bite this region.
  1. Femoral artery: runs along the inner thigh along the scrotum. Would it be difficult to apply a bite, almost impossible? It would be very good if you use a knife and apply a cut!
  1. Dorsalis pedis: located on your neck of the foot. Too hard to bite unless you’re willing to bite the bone area! Impossible?

Other areas of the body that can be good targets:

  1. The nipples on the chest: if you want to cause excruciating pains on someone, and you are in his guard, Well now you know what to do!
  1. Achilles tendon: do you know where it is?. Bite this area of your attacker and you will have made him lame, a good time to bring Muay Thai low kick to his leg if he gets up!
  1. Cheeks: One of Paul Vunak’s favorite targets! If you’re near your face, let your bad breath breathe to your opponents because there you are definitely in the right distance to bite your cheeks! The jaw artery crosses this narrow region but may be inaccessible with a bite.


The art of Kino Mutai

Every time you talk about biting the first thing that usually comes to mind is sick but “Anyone can bite“.

Of course, it is correct but in reality this statement is not totally true.

The difference between “simply biting” and Kino Mutai is that you know where to bite and when to bite.

A bite of a Kino Mutai practitioner is “uninterrupted!”

This means that it knows the exact location on your body where to bite and does so with a precise timing.

He grabs you using his upper grip strength and bites precise areas, it would literally take you minutes to get away.

There are more than 140 zones on the human body that can bite as it pleases.

As he bites, an expert is using his knowledge of Kinesiology and sensibility to look like a pit bull.


In the world of wrestling, the practitioners of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are clearly the kings.

The movements of the body on the ground, the sensitivity and knowledge of the lever, the exits (escape) and techniques to finalize and pry or suffocate their opponents.

When a Jiu Jitsu fighter combines art with The Kino Mutai, the result is perhaps the most formidable hybrid system combined with the grappling that make this art among the most extreme and devastating on the planet.

In a street brawl, you can use the mix against a bigger, stronger ground fighter — if not to beat him on the ground, but to create enough space to get his surrender or the space to perform an escape (although your only goal must be to escape and bring home your skin).

Never be presumptuous and if you have the chance to escape you have to do it even if it looks like you are winning.


Mixed martial arts:

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and fighting systems combine well with Kino Mutai because the mastery of ground combat allows the practitioner to immediately find the right position before starting to bite and “squeeze” the fingers into the eyes mercilessly.

Kino Mutai Fighting Tips - Street Fight Mentality & Fight SportTraining and essential principles

Before you start practicing Kina Mutai, you need to learn the essentials.

First it’s like biting.

You should always be aware of how much meat is to be taken in your mouth.

Typically, the average person will try to use all the teeth and take too much “meat” in a single bite.

To prevent trick, you need to angle the face so that the pressure is applied directly on the incisors.

The actual movement of the bite is a repeated circular tear of the meat, causing numerous small bites that, when applied cumulatively, inflict considerable damage.

The ultimate destruction: Kino Mutai is the Philippine art of pinching and biting the eyes.

With the proper grip of Jiu Jitsu to keep your opponent steady without him being able to squirm, you can use both skills at the same time.

The best way to train is to grab a large piece of beef and place it inside a t-shirt.

Next, set a timer and explode into a vortex of bites with the aim of tearing the entire piece of meat through the shirt as quickly as possible.

At the beginning of the drill, several obstacles meet. First, you will notice the teeth marks on the entire surface of the meat without actually penetrating.

By varying the angle and pressure of the bite (using the sensitivity attribute) you can solve this problem.

Secondly, midway through the practice session you can discover one side of your jaw with muscle cramps.

When this happens, you can turn your head to engage the incisors of the opposite side.

The more you practice this exercise, the better your body mechanics will become natural and the easier it will be to make small bites, circular and faster you are able to bite through beef.

At first, it can take two or three minutes to get a hole through the meat.

After 20 or 30 attempts, though, you’ll find that you can tear a lot of meat through a 5-pound slice in less than 10 seconds.

The next point you need to address is the most important concept of Kino Mutai: the ability to bite someone without interruption.

To understand how to bite without interruption, picture yourself holding your opponent in a hug with his arms wrapped around his torso (or imagine that he is held guard and his arms are wrapped around his neck) while you are biting his throat.

If you do not have a firm grip on your attacker while you bite, his instinctive response will be to pull away, to walk away with the consequence that you have created a small wound that hardly does harm.

Applying the correct “biting” while making small tears with your incisors, this gives you the opportunity to continue biting for a long period of time creating many small bites but that together is a great damage.



Now, where to bite?

It is possible to use your teeth a little anywhere on your attacker’s body, but to bite without interruption you need to do it in specific areas.

What is a good area to bite?

Mainly it must be extremely sensitive to pain.

The cheek, neck, ears, nipple, large dorsal, muscle areas and groin are sensitive regions with many nerve endings.

Secondly, it must be an area that allows you to position yourself so that your attacker can’t counteract the bite by pulling you away or pushing you.

The importance of biting a sensitive area while clinging to your attacker also must never be overstated.

Using some basic locations of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu,you are in positions where you can bite effectively.

  • You are in mount on your opponent, you can bite his face and neck.
  • Or you are in a cross-side or side control position, you can bite your cheek, ear or neck.
  • If you’re in a north-south position, you can bite your groin.
  • You have the aggressor in your guard, you can bite your cheek, ear or neck.
  • You’re in his guard, you can bite his nipple.
  • If you’re on the ground in the side control position, you can bite your back muscle if your elbow is beyond your body or your neck if your elbow is elsewhere.

Remember that the key is to hold the opponent so you can bite as long as you want.

He will try to keep the source of his pain then your teeth away from the body as quickly as possible.

This means that he will try to create a space between his body and your mouth.

You can then take advantage of this space and push the aggressor and run away, go away.

If instead you are under the aggressor and he is much stronger and heavier than that, biting is the fastest way to be able to escape but you must always keep him well, because he must get away from fear and despair.

If, however, you can’t block him while you’re biting him, the attacker will be able to walk you away before your bite can inflict the damage required to get his escape or debilitating reaction to the fight you need.


The acquisition target

If you are in the side control position on your opponent, you can bite his cheek, ear or neck.

The other position positions allow access to the different targets.

Each position gives you the opportunity to attack different parts of the body.

Start studying the country positions of Jiu Jitsu and try to understand from that position what you can bite, crush, tear.


The Drill

Once you understand the concepts I told you above, it’s time to try Kino Mutai in combat.

The following drill helps you learn when you need to bite:

While you and your workout partner look for the appropriate areas of the body where to bite.

Also called target acquisition, this process can take anywhere from one to five minutes.

Timing is key, and only by actually rolling on the mat will you be able to develop the ability to engage in Kino Mutai really.

After selecting where to bite, the next step is to hold your training partner as firmly as possible to ensure that your bite will be uninterrupted.

Then you simulate the bite by pressing your face firmly against the target for as long as possible clearly without biting.

The moment your partner feels the “bite” trying to defend himself, pushing your face away, breaking your grip, etc.

If you apply the technique correctly, you should be able to hold it at least 10 seconds before escaping the simulated bite.


Small bites

One of the essential elements is never to bite something bigger that you can chew.

An often overlooked advantage of using Kino Mutai is the tremendous psychological damage that an aggressive bite or eye gush inflicts.

When you bite without interruption and your attacker can not stop the pain, it stiffens, it panics.

You’re also biting a sensitive area, basically you’re destroying it emotionally.

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More than one wound

When man bites man, hands are the most frequent targets.

Although fingers are rarely fatal, 10 percent to 15 percent of lesions become infected when left untreated.

Before the development of antibiotics, about 20 percent of all bites to the hand led to amputation of a finger.


How much force does a human bite generate?

According to a 1994 study by Zhao Y and Ye D, published in Pub Med, human males can generate about 120 kilograms of strength.

This is equal to about 265 pounds of strength.

Females produce slightly less powerful, but comparable, forces.

Humans generate the highest amount of force with the first molars, imprising with incisors only about 43 kilograms of force with their incisors, and about 99 kilograms of force with their premolars.

Surprisingly, humans bite much more than any of the other great apes,when they grab something correct for the grip size.

Men bite hard like a nutcracker when they close their jaws


Why do you need to know the art of Kino Mutai?

If you look back at the history of the Filipinos, you will see war and bloodshed.

During many of their battles, Filipinos found themselves outnumbered, unarmed or both.

As a result, they developed an ideology that focused on finding a way to catch up with their opponents, to somehow circumvent the odds.

They were forced to be innovative in dealing with the harsh reality of the times.

For Filipinos, “to wander” means “finding a way to cheat.”

In the world of gun fighting, they have devised a fantastic way to “cheat”: Instead of blocking a shot with your own weapon, you want to break or cut your hand with your opponent’s weapon.

The adversary was compared to a snake and the weapon was the fangs of the snake; as a result, the method was called “breaking the snake’s tooth”.

While the rest of the world has tiptoed in armed combat, inserting in the fight with weapons the blockade on attacks and deflection shots the Filipinos simply decided to attack the armed hand.

When you fight with empty hands, Filipinos use the same idea.

Instead of blocking punches and kicks, they used nerve-to-dos against incoming limbs.

Rather than exchanging blows with their opponents, they preferred to use strategies such as knee thrusts, elbows and bites on the head.

Once again, they were trying to circumvent the reality of their situation to put themselves on a level playing field with their enemies.

Kina Mutai (correctly pronounced as Kina Mutai due to the peculiarity of the Cebuano language, but mistakenly referred to as Kino Mutai by Western martial artists who misunderstood the term) is a specialized sub-section of some Filipino martial arts that emphasizes biting, pinching, eye-squeeating and other “dirty” fighting techniques.

The root word of the term is the term Cebuano by the hand, Kamot.

Although in Cebu, it is culturally associated with the way women fight (pinches, scratches and bites), the techniques used are effective against opponents of all sizes.

The Kino Mutai provides a wide use of grappling and manipulation of nerves and pressure points, in order to allow the professional to inflict pain and control the opponent by applying techniques.

The biting aspect of the Kino Mutai deals with precise targets and methods to bite, how much “bite” of meat at a time, and the angle and movement of the bite.

Favorite targets are in sensitive and easily accessible areas such as the face, neck, ears, groin, nipple, and large dorsal muscle.

These targets are also chosen over others because of the difficulty of countering a Kino Mutai professional who bites you, and thus to ensure a continuous bite.

A fundamental principle is uninterrupted action, this means that you place yourself in such a position that you can keep biting for as long as you want, making it impossible for the opponent to escape to your bites.

It can be used to inflict pain and can be used to cut arteries that can cause severe bleeding.


The equalizer in combat

Now that the central theme of the Philippine paradigm is to overpower an opponent who is stronger as I have described you, clearly there is something to investigate about how and what to do to perform an attack by Kino Mutai, “the art of biting and pinching”.

In the Jeet Kune Do many experts refer to Kino Mutai as “biting and squeezing the eyes”, because their favorite area for pinching is the opponent’s eyeball but is actually reductive compared to the art of Kino Mutai.

Many Filipino eskrimadors (Eskrima professionals) possessed a valuable attribute that most people today simply do not have: the incredible grip strength.

That was the result of wielding and wielding heavy sticks, swords and knives all day long.

One of the most famous masters, Floro Villabrille, could actually split the coconuts with his bare hands.

It is no coincidence that Bruce Lee also possessed incredible grip strength and used innovative equipment to further develop tendon strength between his fingers and forearms.

A power grab is one of the most important attributes of Kino Mutai because being able to hold on to an opponent while biting him is the Filipino way of “cheating” on the ground.



Kino Mutai Fighting Tips - Street Fight Mentality & Fight Sport

The second half of the Kino Mutai equation is the seamless eye.”

To train you can use the same methodology regarding biting: approach slowly first while acquiring a target.

Any position that is advantageous for biting can also work to scribble the eye – except for the north-south location.

Grab the opponent’s neck and gently press his eyeball until he pulls his hand away.

When you’re more practical, you can practice eye-catching more aggressively by wearing swimming goggles.

Kino Mutai should only be used as a last resort! These days, the thought of having the blood of an unknown person in your mouth is certainly questionable.

However, in a life-or-death situation, biting at just the right time could create enough space to escape and/or save your life.

In martial arts, there must be a clear distinction between self-preservation (doing everything to save you and your loved ones) and self-perfection (sport and style training aspects).

When you think of someone with a spiked stick, hit him immediately with a knife or bite him by punching a hole in his face, is it obviously something violent or tacky but when it comes to protecting the life of your mother, your spouse or your children, is there anything you wouldn’t do?


Stay Tuned!

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