In order to silence someone, a Combat Pragmatist may strike against the throat, either aiming for the Adam's apple or the trachea (windpipe). This is usually very effective. It may even kill the one being hit. Real Life, this can be fatal, and it's very painful and uncomfortable even when it's not fatal. See also: Choke Holds.
Examples:Films -- Live Action
- In Serenity, River punches Simon in the throat to prevent him from saying the implanted trigger phrase that makes her fall asleep.
- In one of the Vampire: The Masquerade books, a character in a short interlude does this to the prince. It can't kill him, since he is a vampire, but it does prevent him from using his Compelling Voice.
- One episode of Malcolm in the Middle had Cynthia, a friend of Malcolm's who supposedly knew Israeli Defense Force hand-to-hand fighting techniques, give Reese a quick chop to the throat that put him on the ground, in order to get him to stop hitting on her.
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