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Illustration of a man being fish-hooked
Parent style self-defense
Parent hold Headlock, Chokeholds
Attacks Mouth, Nostril, or other facial orifices
Counters Biting of the applicable finger(s)

Fish-hooking is the act of inserting a finger or fingers of one or both hands into the mouth, nostrils or other orifices of a person, and pulling away from the centerline of the body; in most cases with the intention of pulling, tearing, or lacerating the surrounding tissue. Forceful fish-hooking involves a high risk of permanent facial or orifice damage.[1] Sometimes, the term fish hooking refers to a type of eye gouging.[2]

Fish-hooking techniques are disallowed in modern combat sports, mixed martial arts and martial arts competitions due to the risk of permanent injury. This technique however, is occasionally taught as part of self-defense curricula in some martial arts such as Krav Maga and Gōjū-ryū.

See also


  1. ^ "MMA Glossary". Retrieved March 4, 2011. Fish Hooking – inserting fingers into the mouth, nostrils or other orifices of a person with the intention of pulling and tearing the surrounding tissue. Forceful fish-hooking involves a high risk of permanent damage to the face or orifices. Not allowed in MMA. 
  2. ^ E. R. Silverman. How to Kick Someone's Ass: 246 Practical But Not Always Legal Ways to Take the Bastards Down. 2010: Adams Media. p. 213.  

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