So, unless someone's neck is square and hard as a brick, a single karate chop to the back of the neck can kill them. Someone's trachea can collapse if they are cut, punched, or stabbed in the throat, making breathing difficult or impossible. However, karate chops are stunning rather than lethal hits. It would take several more strikes, along with other injuries, to cause death or serious injury.
The human throat is an important part of the body because it contains some of the most important organs: the brain and the lungs. The muscles of the throat work together with those of the head and neck to allow us to talk, swallow, and breathe. The vocal cords, which are like vibrating wires inside the larynx (the voice box), can be moved by muscle tissue attached to them. The soft palate, the roof of the mouth, acts as a kind of filter, preventing sounds from reaching the ears when the mouth is closed. The thyroid gland is located at the base of the tongue. It produces hormones that control metabolism, heart rate, and other functions throughout the body.
Throat punches are used in karate to strike the front of the throat under the jawline. Because the throat is hollow, a punch there will usually produce a sound similar to a cracker being broken. However, a sharp blade could also go straight through the throat, causing severe internal bleeding.
So, while a karate chop has a smaller area of contact (and does, believe me, hurt like hell), you just can't generate the amount of force behind it that you can with a fist. Chop attacks are used in just a few martial arts systems. Even swinging assaults are often performed with a fist.
The truth is, any given attack may include elements from many different combat techniques. Thus, it's difficult to say what kind of damage any particular assault might do. I could hit you with my open hand or with a closed one, and each strike would probably do some amount of damage. But which one would be more effective at doing so? That would depend on many factors such as how hard I struck you, where on your body I hit you, etc.
In conclusion, the potential damage caused by any given attack is largely dependent upon how well you execute it. So, no, karate chops aren't likely to cause serious injury per se, but they can deliver a very painful blow nonetheless.
Yes, a hit to the throat has the potential to kill. On the other hand, the throat, like the eyes, is reflexively defended and difficult to target during a dynamic combat. You may choose between a neck punch and a large cross or an elbow strike. An attacker can be stunned, and they can be easily killed. Don't underestimate the power of your hands!
Knocking someone on the jaw hinge, right behind the ear, may shatter their jaw and finish most battles in an instant. 5. Side of neck: This traditional chop location isn't only for kung fu movies. You might strike the vagus nerve if you hit someone on the side of the neck and carotid artery. The angle makes it easy to find, but be careful not to hurt anyone else when training.
Top of head: This is another common place to land a blow to the neck or throat. It's effective because the top of the head is a hard surface that can deliver a powerful punch. Be careful not to connect too high though; you don't want to damage your own brain with these strikes! 6. Eye: This is another popular target because it's difficult to defend and will often cause a quick loss of vision. Be careful not to hit any internal organs when training though; you don't want to kill your partner just yet! 7. Chest/Heart: These are natural targets for striking due to the center of mass nature of the body. If you time it right you can avoid having either piece of meat leave the chest cavity entirely. 8. Stomach: This is another easy target because there's not much you can do if you hit it. However, try not to go for the belly button or you'll probably split them in two.
Legs: These are good targets for striking due to their lack of defense and their impact on mobility.