A rabbit punch is a blow to the neck or to the base of the skull. It is considered especially dangerous because it can damage the cervical vertebrae and subsequently the spinal cord, which may lead to serious spinal cord injury or even death[citation needed].

The punch's name is derived from the use of the technique by hunters to kill rabbits with a quick, sharp strike to the back of the head.[1]

Combat sports[edit | edit source]

The rabbit punch is illegal in boxing,[2] MMA,[3] and other combat sports[4] that involve striking. The only exceptions are no-holds-barred events such as the International Vale Tudo Championship.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Langer, Richard. Extract from "Grow it!". www.motherearthnews.com now on www.archive.org. URL last accessed September 11, 2007.
  2. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/15/sports/othersports/15boxing.html?ref=hasimrahman
  3. http://www.nj.gov/lps/sacb/docs/martial.html
  4. www.usmta.com/PDF-Files/USMTA-Briefing.pdf
  5. http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news/380296..

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