"How is eye gouging properly done in real fights? When I tried it on a street thug who attacked me in a bar, I gouged his eyes but it just made him more angry and his attack more vicious. It didn't seem to hurt him even, just further enrage him."
A: Apparently you did not actually gouge his eyes. The definition of gouge is to remove or scoop material from an object usually with a pointed object. To use the finger or thumb to remove part of the eye.
Gouging should only be done in case of immediate life or death situations.
To properly gouge the eyes a finger or thumb should be driven deeply into the eye socket causing the eyeball to hemorrhage or crush. Simply brushing your fingers over the eyes of an attacker will not stop him. Even during one championship fight in a MMA contest one of the champions was accidentally scratched in the eye by the opponent which caused a 5 or 6 minute halt to the action.
A scratch to the eye will not suffice against a person who is under the influence of a narcotic or other pain numbing drug. A true crushing push into the eye socket will work.
If the situation is dire and must be ended instantly then a deep thrust of the finger deep into the eye socket and down past the occipital bone can be applied which will cause convulsions or death.
You can gouge simply by touching the head in the area of the face or side of the face and have your thumb or finger slide into the eye pushing quickly.
The Three Stooges type of eye poke is difficult to do because most people will flinch if an object from some distance is seen approaching the eye.
You can practice an eye poke/gouge by using a toy hockey mask and tape it to a striking mitt. Here one can practice striking the facial area and sliding their finger or fingers into the holes in the mask. A training partner is needed for this. He can hold the target still while you practice striking to the eyes and he can move the mask around which would allow you to practice under more realistic conditions. The training partner could mimic high speed turning of the head similar to what some grapplers try to keep the fingers from scoring.
It is anathema to most human beings to thrust their fingers deeply into the eyes of another. This is why we caution not to get into a situation for any reason except where there is the threat of serious physical damage or death and no escape is available. I have used eye pokes and have even pushed my little finger into the corner of an attacker's eye which had a very definite effect an immediate shut down during a multiple attacker altercation.
Caution: Never push into a
person's eye because they wish to show you how they can not be hurt by
it. These people are idiots. Usually macho men can't deal with the
fact that they have any vulnerability so they will try to wish it away
or bull #%% themselves or others. A person cannot build up the eyelid
to ward off a serious poke or gouge (as some styles claim). I have heard the story many times
about how a poke to the eye only enraged an attacker. A serious poke is
no joke. Don't be fooled by fools.--JP