Kino Mutai

Summary

Kino Mutai is a Filipino fighting technique that uses methods such as grappling, pinching, biting and gouging the eyes. It is an unconventionl form of martial arts that is not commonly practiced on its own, but is often incorporated in forms that allow for fighting without limits like Jeet Kune Do. The aim of using Kino Mutai tactics is to gain the upper hand over your opponent by any means necessary. It might seem like a vicious and brutal form of martial art, but depending on the situation, it might prove to be only option left for a fighter to gain the upper hand in a fight. In real life situations, it has proven to be necessary which is why it is being taught by some martial artists.

History / Origins

ETYMOLOGY

Kino Mutai or Kinomotay comes from the Cebuano language. The term is culturally associated with the way in which women were once thought to fight (by biting, scratching, pinching, etc). It is often viewed as a subsection of certain techniques employed in other martial art styles.

BEGINNINGS

The actual year of when Kino Mutai was created or who actually created it is a subject of much debate. The best thing that one can say that will not clash with researchers and historians is that Kino Mutai was a product of war. When most people were learning how to engage with their opponents using weapons, Filipinos found it more useful to circumvent defending against the weapon and attacking the hand that wields that weapon. In Filipino warfare the weapon became a secondary target. They took circumventing a step further into hand-to-hand combat and applied the same ideology – attack the limbs, by inflicting damage to the nerves. One can see the practicality of this style of fighting but it was and still is a vicious and brutal way of engaging an opponent.

PRESENT DAY

Anyone with teeth can bite! Kino Mutai teaches the bites that actually infict the most pain and damage. In Kino Mutai, a bite is not simply a bite, there is a method. The idea that you have to resort to biting to win at combat is outlawed by other forms of martial arts except the later forms of hybrid styles like Jeet Kune Do that encourage fighting without limits. This is one of the reasons that elements of Kino Mutai are taught in Jeet Kune Do.

FOLKLORE

Kino Mutai is a close quarters combat style that resembles Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu because of the grappling involved, but it employs the use of teeth and pinching that are outlawed in most martial art sports. Even though biting in most martial art disciplines is outlawed one the greatest fighters and pioneers of hybrid martial arts, Bruce Lee once said that if he ever found himself pinned down by a stronger and better opponent he would bite his way out of that hold. One could say that as the founder of a style that advocated fighting without limits, Bruce Lee was simply emphasizing that a good martial artist should be able to break free of convention, even if that meant biting and pinching. Legend has it that Kino Mutai practitioners have a strong grip, strong enough to husk coconunts with their bare hands just like Eskrima Grandmaster, Floro Villabille was able to. Bruce Lee had that incredible grip strength which is why Kino Mutai is taught in Jeet Kune Do to strengthen a student’s grip.

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Grappling, “dirty” techniques such as biting and eye-gouging

ALSO KNOWN AS: Kinomotay
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ALSO KNOWN AS: Kinomotay
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Grappling, “dirty” techniques such as biting and eye-gouging

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COUNTRY: Philippines
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Practices

PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy behind Kino Mutai is simple: circumvent your opponent by any means necessary. There is more to Kino than bitting and scratching, but practitioners need to learn the art of grappling, which is why most practitioners study Bazilian Jiu-jitsu. The paramount goal of a Kino Mutai fighter is not just to bite, but to win, so if you cannot grapple your opponent into submission or cannot gain an advantage over the fight then you should start bitting and scratching. You do not bite indiscriminately, but you bite those areas that are more sensitive.

TECHNIQUES

The aim of biting is not only to gain the upper hand in a match but to inflict extreme pain, to disorient the opponent long enough to pin him down and declare victory. There are several positions that a practitioner should know about.

On the upper part of the body one has the option of focusing on one of these arterial points:

  1. The radial artery
  2. The brachial artery
  3. The brachial artery ion the sides of the opponent’s neck

Points to focus your attack on below your neck :

  1. The femoral artery which runs along the inner tghigh to the Scrotum
  2. The maxillary artery which runs close to the cheek
  3. The nipple and chest area are also a firm favourite amongst practitioners.They are extremely sensitive areas.
  4. The Achilles tendon is also a super sensitive area. Once this has been affected, the opponent might be unable to walk, let alone continue with a fight.
  5. The area along the back of the knee is also sensitive and easy to get to once you have a good grip of your opponent.
  6. Dosalis Pedis located in the instep of a person’s foot.

TRAINING

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Rules / Rulesets

RULES / RULESETS

In a controlled match, Kino Mutai practitioners are governed by rules set for that match. The idea of rules in itself is not encouraged in Kino, but in the interest of making this style less brutal some dojos employ Brazilian Jiu-jitsu rules or Jeet Kune Do principles. The main goal in Kino Mutai is uninterrupted biting which means one has to grab and hold down his opponent long enough to get to those crucial points he needs to bite.

Organisations & Historical Places

ORGANISATIONS

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HISTORICAL PLACES

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Popular Culture

POPULAR CULTURE

As a style of fighting, Kino Mutai is incorporated into other ground based fighting styles like Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. It has made its way into Mixed Martial Arts and ultimate fighting competitions where rules are losely translated and the guy who wins is the one who is left standing after a match. It goes without saying that there is a considerable amount of skillful biting and scratching in martial art movies, particularly the ones that depict street fighting. That same style of fighting has made its way into video games like Warcraft. Kino Mutai is often taught in self defense classes. One of the most notable practitioners who has sought to introduce Kino Mutai to the rest of the world is Paul Vunak. He has written books and posted countless YouTube videos showcasing his unique street fighting style that is based on Jeet Kune Do and Kino Mutai.

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References

REFERENCES

  1. http://www.jkd.gr/kinamutai.html
  2. http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?61433-Biting-in-a-fight

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