[fusion_text]banner[/fusion_text][one_fifth last=”no” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][/one_fifth][three_fifth last=”no” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_text]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.[/fusion_text][/three_fifth][one_fifth last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][/one_fifth][fusion_text]banner[/fusion_text]