Physical Self Defense
Physical Self defense is when you use your knowledge and
your body to get out of trouble. It is the art of subduing an attacker
the best way possible causing the least amount of pain to yourself. Usually
using physical force comes AFTER verbal methods have failed and where
the risks of continuing to talk or running away are greater than fighting
your way out. Many a times you can get out of a situation through good
verbal techniques or by simply running to the nearest populated area and/or
shouting for help. But there is that 20% of the time when more is required
- getting physical!
Martial arts ofcourse is the first thing that comes to
mind when we think about physical self defense. If you want to REALLY
learn self defense take a class. This will teach you the true indepth
techniques of how to physically subdue an attacker with a higher degree
of success. Naturally. However there are simple methods that one can learn
that can go a long way in helping you.
Simple Techniques for Self-Defense
Remember that the techniques below do not guarantee 100
percent success but they can go a long way in helping you out of a situation
that requires physical force. This does not replace true self defense
Physical force demands two things:
a) you need to know when to use it,
b) you need to have the confidence to use it, and
but sometimes, it just isn't enough.
Remember the techniques listed below are for escape and evasion. Not how
to put an attacker down for the count or hold them until the authorities
comes. Some of these attacks, while they seem simple enough can be quite
deadly or permanent to your attacker, especially those attacks to the
face region. By law statues in some areas, attacking to the point where
you cause life-threating damage can make you legally liable. So remember,
this should only be a last resort option in your
The basic premise is that no matter how strong a person
is, there are always going to be areas of the body that are weak. This
is, of course, where we want to strike. To protect yourself, there are
some simple, easy-to-remember things you can do that dont require
a great deal of training.
is a diagram of the human body. Use it for reference.
The good things about the human body is that you are already
familiar with it and know where the different parts are and what they
do. If you hit someone in the throat, poke them in the eye or hit them
with a palm on the bridge of the nose, strike to the groin, kick them
in the front or side of the knee----these will all hurt, distract, no
matter what the persons size or strength level. The question is how hard
you strike to inflict the maximum level of pain, enough for you to escape!
1) The eyes.
No matter how strong a person is, a good blow or poke to the
eyes will take any fighter out. Remember that most fighters, even well
trained ones, rely on their eyes to attack.
2) The throat:
The throat. with a little skill, hitting someone in either the Adams
apple region or the space between the rib cage and the throat, youre
liable to knock the wind out of them.
3) Bridge of the nose:
The nose is a delicate membrane. When hit hard enough it will bleed, cause
the eyes to tear and blur vision.
Hold out your hand, and spread your fingers wide. This tightens the hand,
and pushes forward the palm side of the large knuckles. Feel how hard
they are? use this part to strike at that area right below where the nose
joins the brow ridge, the center of the nose. At the very least, a strike
to the nose will stun your attacker. If hit hard enough, then followed
by another strike to either the eyes or ears, it can cause what is known
as whiplash and take your attacker down.
4) Groin areas:
This is a favourite for many. When properly done, it is a knockout punch.
There are three ways to get the groin area, the knees, feet, or hands.
Which to use depends on how your body is situated in relation to your
KNEES: If using a knee, bring it upward as hard as you
can with the end of your knee as the strike point. Drive it into the groin.
If your hands are free, before striking, grab the attacker's hips, and
pull the attacker into the strike as your drive the knee.
FEET: Bring your instep up into your attackers groin. However, if you
are too close for that, but too far to use a knee, kicking straight up
and striking with the shinbone of your leg works just fine also.
HANDS: Swing your arm in a straight-arm upward strike into the groin,
either using an open-hand palm strike, or a closed fist----the closed
fist strikes just the same as the open palm strike, except the fingers
are curled---still a straight-arm strike.
We would like to re iterate: This is not a fighting contest
to hold down your attacker and count to ten. Neither are these techniques
meant to help you destroy your attacker, beat him up and drag him by his
collar to the nearest police station. You sure may feel good to keep hitting
even after he is down, but note that there are legal implications involved
when you are no longer fighting to defend yourself. Remember that your
mission here is to ESCAPE UNHARMED. Hurt him just enough to escape to
a safe place and seek help.