The ‘double ear clap’ technique – does it actually work?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

We’ve all heard of the age-old fighting technique where you slap someone’s ear so hard with an open palm that it ruptures their eardrum. But would that actually work and how come no one does it in the UFC?

In this video from BJJ black belt and self-defense expert, Stephen Kesting, he breaks down the ‘ear slap’ technique and gets to the bottom if it would actually be effective in a real-life self-defense situation.

According to Kesting, MMA fighter Genki Sudo did get his eardrum ruptured during a fight in Pancrase from a similar technique. But other than that, there are no real examples, especially in high-level MMA, of this technique being used effectively and slaps are allowed, no? So why wouldn’t professional MMA fighters, who dedicate their lives to perfecting their craft, use something like this if it works and it’s in the rules? Methinks it’s because this technique is BS.

The 'double ear clap' technique - does it actually work?
The ‘double ear clap’ technique – does it actually work?

As Kesting further points out in the video, striking someone’s ear during a fight is not necessarily a bad thing and you can definitely hurt someone with it, but it is still not ideally where you should be focusing your strikes to land. The jawline or even a bit behind the ear are both better spots to hit someone I’d reckon.

In martial arts, these sort of ‘magical’ tricks like this one here and pressure point Dim Mak type stuff are all BS and while getting slapped hard in the ear may definitely still hurt your opponent, thinking it’s going to instantly incapacitate them is hard to believe.

Plus, you never see any sort of fights on the street in viral YouTube videos end from this technique either, it’s all just hearsay.

Anyways, check out the above video to see Kesting break down this technique and explain why it’s almost certainly BS.

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