Chin jab - is it really all that?
Hi guys I'm a newbie and this is my first post although I have done a search on this forum for the effectiveness of the chin jab and didn't find anything specific. I have never been in a fight and have never taken a single martial arts lesson, so please treat me as a complete ignoramus and explain things fully without assuming that I know anything about fighting or martial arts. I would really appreciate it if someone who has had actual fighting experience gave their input. Also please regard this question as in the context of a life-or-death situation with multiple attackers in an enclosed space, obviously without boxing gloves, thanks.
I read on the closecombattraining website that:
"The "Chin-Jab" is the most destructive technique ever developed in all of martial arts history.
The chin-jab is the coup-de-grace...the finisher...the permanent solution...literally, death in a bottle.
The chin-jab is so powerful that there is no way to practice the move full force."
If the chin-jab is really that effective, why don't I see it more often in street fights? Why are most knockouts caused by a punch to the jaw or headbutt to the face, or an elbow to the side of the head, rather than a chin jab?
Is it because:
1. Lack of range means that a hook or a cross can easily knock you out when you're closing in for the chin jab?
2. Lack of power due to it being an upward strike with very little core movement, whereas the elbow involves trunk rotation and the headbutt involves the entire torso leaning forward whilst pulling the attacker into the headbutt with both hands?
3. Small target size as the chin is very small (2 inch) compared to the entire side of the head (as targeted by an elbow) or the entire face (as targeted by a headbutt), meaning that there is a much greater chance of missing the strike and missing the attacker altogether, leaving the user in a precarious position?
4. Requirement of an awkward position in which you are facing the side of your attacker so that your right hand can easily catch his chin as your hand is moving upwards?
Or is it because the chin jab really is such an obscure and deadly move that most fighters never heard of it and those who know it dare not to use it out of fear of killing their enemy? Am I wrong in assuming that just because the chin jab is not used often, it is not useful? Thanks again.