On the whole, most people use martial arts as a form of self-defense rather than killing. Rarely do practitioners of judo or Jeet Kune Do walk into a bar and start wrecking shop outside of the movies, but they definitely know a few dangerous martial arts moves that can strike a killing blow. Most of the killer martial arts moves covered here never get taught in basic martial arts classes; in fact many of them have either been phased out or only get used by the military for hand-to-hand combat. If you enjoy martial arts, or the MMA, you also won’t be seeing any of these techniques in a sanctioned match because many of them are banned for good reason; if performed incorrectly each hold, attack, and technique covered here can easily cause permanent damage, or simply kill someone.
While most well trained martial artists probably know how to do many of these moves, they won't pull them out in a match, or even in a street fight. Even still, it must be good to know that you have a literal killer move in your back pocket at all times.
Even people untrained in martial arts know what a palm strike looks like, likely from some movie or educational film that explains how you force someone’s nose bone into their face and kill them. While that may be somewhat mythological (there is no “nose bone”), it’s definitely possible to do some serious damage with your palm - especially if you know how to place power behind your hand. If you strike as if trying to hit something behind your target's face, you’ll probably render them unconscious. Who needs fists of fury when you have palms for pummeling?
Roundhouse kicks are easily the most deceptive of martial arts moves, and every pre-teen tries their hand at one after seeing it in a karate flick. But when done correctly a roundhouse arrives with the force of a baseball bat - an item that generates close to 480 pounds of force per strike. If you properly ground yourself while extending your leg as far as possible, you generate an amazing amount of power to knock your opponent’s block off.
However, if you feel less confident in your roundhouse it’s best not to try this move for the first time in a fight, because you’ll probably eat turf and get whomped by your opponent in the process.
Also known as a twisting neck break lock, kubi kudaki, when performed correctly and with enough force, can tear the spinal column, cause permanent paralysis or kill your opponent. One variation of this lock involves the user actually throwing their opponent while applying the neck lock, which kills the person it's being performed on more often than not. There are definitely people who perform this move without committing murder but they have to make incredibly precise movements.
You know with a name like”axe kick” that the move in question will be brutal. This martial arts finishing move only really gets used when someone looks to do some damage to their opponent. A normal stomp is a straight down forceful step, but an axe kick, or stomp, boasts the added power of an upward swing which concentrates all of the power in the stomper’s heel. Depending on how much momentum the attacker builds up, an axe stomp can be lethal.
If you want to end a fight quickly, use the axe kick on someone’s knee, elbow, or any appendage that isn’t the head or chest. But just to be safe, it’s best to keep this move in the arsenal until you need it.