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Feb
5
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
I really hope this will be the kind of site where published studies and empirical data are used whenever possible in answers. The martial arts has a terrible reputation for saying "this technique is too deadly to actually gather data on, just trust me." Althought MMA has devolved into a sport, it started as a means of combating this type of epistemic viciousness (artsci.wustl.edu/~grussell/epistemicviciousness.pdf)
Feb
2
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
"The only answer that can be given is that it is very dangerous" seems unhelpful. For instance, the CDC reports 82 deaths in 12 years among children choking each other for fun (highbeam.com/doc/1G1-176049051.html). An mma doc says it's unlikely. A book says that Judo practitioners, who regularly use chokes, show negligible long-term loss of brain function. So surely there's better answers than just "it is very dangerous."