Ear Clap or Thunderclap Strike – Martial Arts
This page provides details on how to do an “Ear Clap”. This martial arts self-defense technique involves striking the ears on an attacker in order to force them to release you. This strike is also known as a Thunderclap Strike, Cupped Ear Blow, Thunder Palm Fist, etc.
For more information on a wide variety of punches & strikes, please visit Black Belt Wiki’s main Punches & Strikes section.
Details for this Strike
- Start by making a knife hand and cupping your hand slightly.
- Then strike the attacker by slapping your hands together against their ears.
- When throwing both hands together, it may be preferential and quicker shoot the hands forward about 6 or so inches away from the ears
- And then proceed with the ear clap
- This will be less devastating but a quicker stun
- The arm can also be swung in a larger arch similar to a hook punch
- In this situation, it would be preferential to throw only one hand that way you are not left open to an attack
- This strike will do more damage but could more easily be seen by the opponent
Damage to the ear: These two similar strikes are likely to result in either a rupturing of the tympanic membrane (the ear drum) or an ossicular chain dislocation.
Note: Use extreme caution when practicing with a partner. For safety reasons, it is better to practice this technique on a BOB dummy.
Instructional Video of an Cupped Ear Blow (Self-Defense Technique)