Teenage Mutant Ninja Throat Kickers

Joe and I wanted to see Moon this weekend but on seeing it only showing in Princeton and not wanting to go Princeton we wound up watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3.  About four minutes I noticed something.  Ever time a turtle made contact with some in combat is was via a swift kick to the throat.  9 of 10 combatants were defeated via throat kick and the 10th was hit in the head and then the solar plexus, averaging out to a throat kick.

I wonder if that was a side effect of the costume or if the actors received special throat guards for combat scenes.