A good example of a man with a plan making a lifetime of training useless:
Martial arts are good training, but they are also conditioning. Do Karate for points, or Judo competitions, and you will, without thinking, grow used to fighting without expecting an eye-gouge like this or a pencil jammed into your ribs to puncture your heart as you grapple on the ground.
The intent on the straight finger to the eye was to freeze his base, and try to get him to pull his head back, which is what usually happens. In this case, he didn’t pull his head back because he had already fully committed to his movement.
I felt squishy material on my finger, and realized my finger was buried in his eye socket (where the infratrochlear nerve is) and based on the sound, and his reaction, I thought his eye popped out.
Also, what you couldn’t see in the video is that he was on the ground for an hour, unable to get up. They finally decided to take him to a hospital.
Part of what helped him stay calm was his ability to keep his left hand in good position to control his opponent’s hands. His opponent, meanwhile was expecting a strike, which I think made the slow moving open hand, that moved in slowly, almost as if about to gently rub his forehead, seem harmless. As a result his amygdala, trained to respond to quick fast blows didn’t flag it as being as important as it was. Had it come in quicker, he might have tried to block or avoid it.
There is a big difference between what most training trains you for, and what happens in an environment where anything can happen. I remember a guy I trained with when I was younger who briefly trained in a club in Arizona where they did eye gouges, broke fingers, and allowed groin strikes. It took him a while to adjust.
All food for thought as the Apocalypse closes in.