because they're just too dangerous to the public or for public consumption? I assume they'd be slight modifications of the more dangerous moves that would be the ones actually taught.


There is a list of illegal moves in MMA. People do not teach them because they are illegal. For example, the UFC rules list:

  • Butting with the head

  • Eye gouging of any kind

  • Biting or spitting at an opponent

  • Fish hooking (act of inserting a finger or fingers or one or both hands into the mouth or nostrils or a person, pulling away from the centerline of the body)

  • Hair pulling

  • Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck

  • Strikes to the spine or the back of the head.

  • Throat strikes of any kind, and/or grabbing the trachea

  • Fingers outstretched toward an opponent’s face/eyes

  • Downward pointing elbow strike (’12 to ‘6 strike)

  • Groin attacks of any kind

  • Kneeing and/or kicking the head of a grounded opponent

  • Stomping a grounded opponent

  • Holding opponent’s gloves or shorts

  • Holding or grabbing the fence or ropes with fingers or toes

  • Small joint manipulation

Many of these do not have modifications to make them less dangerous; there are no slight modifications of small joint manipulation, stomping grounded opponents, groin attacks, or strikes to the back of the head.

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    whilst these wouldn't/shouldn't be taught in an MMA gym (set up for competition and not self defence at least) - they may be talked about in the sense of "don't do these they are illegal". – Collett89 Apr 15 '19 at 7:25
  • Also, dim mak, the touch of death. – Amorphous Blob Apr 15 '19 at 13:22

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