But... Bullshido, you had me convinced t3h deadly was a myth. You're telling me you were holding out on me with this **** all along? Goddammit. Where do I go to learn teh real deadly neck chop?
I don't think neck trauma/compression as a cause of death was ever in doubt.
By that logic, yes Judo and BJJ teach you how to strangle people to death too.
When the right area (a nexus of nerve and arterial tissue in the carotid artery/vagal nerve area) receives a blow (or is compressed for a few seconds) the body goes into a shock. That area is basically the body's thermostat for your overall blood pressure, so when it gets hit the shock tricks it into thinking that your blood pressure is is trouble and the body's response is an immediate significant drop in blood pressure
That sudden drop will usually lead to syncope (briefly passing out), but it can be more dangerous in certain individuals, like those with pre-existing heart conditions. It could (technically) cause cardiac arrest.
Chokeouts in judo/BJJ use this to great effect (if you are seeing stars, your blood pressure is dropping, TAP!!!), but you can also find a lot of boxing knockouts caused the same way.
^Ah, okay...that really demonstrates the principle for me now. Thanks for posting that.
Excuse me, but I've had a few hard high kicks and hooks to my neck. At worst, my face turned (more) angry red. But KO'd? Nah
Could other (more experienced) people chime in on this?
It might also be that there are beliefs based on static models (much like that old "it-takes-so-little-pressure-to break-a-kneecap" thing, which was based on test involving an extracted, dried patella from a donated-to-science cadaver). This sort of thing just leads to assumptions that certain things work on absolutely everyone...not an assumption one should bet one's life on, IMHO.
Now and then, I'll run into one of the less-experienced instructors who invariably opine that those who tried it on me previously (meaning the more-experienced instructors who know it doesn't work on 100% of subjects) "didn't do it with the required precision" or some such.
What follows goes by an almost-identical script established over decades now:
"So just hold still...ready?...there!........what?...you didn't feel that?...not at all?!!?!...Wow, you must be some freak of nature."
Thereafter, they are more experienced instructors.
Anyway, I dunno. How much neck-work do you do? I do weighted neck-arches and similar exercises every morning. People at my workplace like to joke that my neck is wider than my head, but that's not saying much: of Nordic descent, I have a long and narrow skull.