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Kinamutay /ˌknəˈmt/ (Cebuano: kinamutay, lit. "effeminate hand fighting"; Tagalog: kinamotay; Baybayin: ᜊᜒᜈᜋᜓᜆᜌ᜔), commonly but incorrectly orientalized kino mutai,[1][2] is a specialized subsection of some martial arts that emphasizes biting, pinching, eye-gouging, and other forms of "dirty" fighting techniques. Kinamutay involves extensive use of grappling and manipulation of nerve and pressure points, so as to allow the kinamutay practitioner to inflict pain and control the opponent while applying the techniques.[3][4][5][6][7] Although in Cebu it is culturally associated with women's catfighting, the techniques used are effective against opponents of all sizes.

The root word of the term is Cebuano kinamut, "using the hands" (such as in eating food), from kamut, "hand" (and compare related Tagalog kamot, "to scratch"), with the feminizing suffix -ay.[2][8][9][10] Formalization of kinamutay as a martial art is a Western tradition not founded in Filipino martial arts or culture, where the term has little difference in meaning from "catfight".[2][8][11] It was popularized in the magazine Black Belt in the late 1980s, especially by martial artist Paul Vunak;[12] it is also associated with Jeet Kune Do.[7][13][14]

One key principle is uninterrupted biting: This means that the kinamutay practitioner places himself in such a position that he can continue to hold a bite as long as he wants, disabling his opponent from escaping his bite. The biting aspect of kinamutay concerns itself with what targets to bite, how much to bite at a time, and the angle and movement of the bite. Favored targets include sensitive and easily accessible areas such as the face, neck, ear, groin, nipple, and latissimus dorsi muscle. These targets are also chosen over others because of the difficulty countering a kinamutay practitioner biting them, ensuring an uninterrupted bite can take place. It can be used to inflict pain and can be used to cut arteries which can cause severe bleeding.


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  4. ^ "Kino Mutai". Full Contact Martial Arts. 2010. Archived from the original on 2020-11-17.
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  6. ^ Zorbas, Vagelis (2004). "Kina Mutai: The Art of Biting and Eye Gouging". Archived from the original on 2008-01-08. Retrieved January 7, 2006.
  7. ^ a b Vunak, Paul (2019). "The Filipino Art of Kino Mutai". Martial Arts Bible: Contemporary Jeet Kune Do. pp. 15–18. ISBN 9781483427119.
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  9. ^ Rivera, Juan F. (1979). Quezon: Thoughts and Anecdotes About Him and His Fights. J. F. Rivera. p. 266. 'Kinamot' or eating with the hands in restaurants is now a fad in Cebu City.
  10. ^ "kamut". Cebuano Dictionary. Pinoy Dictionary. 2010.
  11. ^ Sinyalan (2007). "Kinumutai a martial art itself?".
  12. ^ As seen in the following early instances:
  13. ^ "Kina Mutai: The Devastating Filipino Art of Biting, Pinching & Gouging". Ακαδημία Μαχητικής Τεχνολογίας Jeet Kune Do. 2010. Archived from the original on 2018-09-23.
  14. ^ "Kino Mutai". The Academy of Jeet Kune Do Sciences. 2019.

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