The suprasternal notch is a small indentation located at the base of the throat, also known as the jugular notch. It can be found as a small notch at the top of the sternum. In self-defense, a person may use a technique called the “suprasternal notch strike” where they thrust their fingers into the suprasternal notch, applying straight and downward pressure. This maneuver can induce choking and/or unconsciousness through the blockage or crushing of the windpipe.
It’s a highly effective technique in close-combat situations, however, it should be used with caution as it can cause serious injury or even death. This technique is not recommended for use outside of professional self-defense or martial arts training.
In popular culture, a thrusting attack to the suprasternal notch was choreographed into the subway station fight scene in the movie “The Matrix.” This scene showcases the technique in a dramatic and intense action sequence, but it should be noted that in real life the technique should only be used as a last resort in self-defense.