I am going to tell you about something about self-defense and some principles on how to survive a fight. NOTE: Always try to avoid fighting. It only solves the winner, not anything else.
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So, you’ve noticed that you aren’t that strong, neither fast? Or you have no skill in technique? Or that you are just not a fighting type? Maybe neither of these, but you want to know self-defense with no useless “zhing zhanh zhoo” supertornadokick – moves and with moves which are simple and cause alot of damage? Well, first we need to ask ourselves:
What Is Self-Defense?
Self-defense, well, who could’ve guessed, is defending yourself. This means defending, not killing the opponent. There are certain laws (which may vary in different countries) about the definition of self-defense. For example, where does the line of self-defense go? This is quite of a tough question to answer, but there is one thing that is easy to keep in mind: Once you have made the opponent either unwilling or unable to attack, stop. That’s the thing. You can easily get a sentence if you go too far or even if you don’t. (We live in a corrupted society, you know?)
So, when can you start defending yourself? Well, first of all, you DO NOT have to take a single hit before you can attack, it is enough if the attacker comes running towards with a threatening attitude. Or if the attacker threatens to for example, kill you. Though in that case you cannot attack if he/she just verbally attacks you.
Now when that’s covered, we can move to the real thing.
Here are the basic things you need to know:
- Protect your head with your hands. (You can watch this video about a muay thai stance -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHIaWVawbz0)
- Never let your guard down.
- Try to anticipate the enemys movements. (This takes time to learn and hardly no-one can master it.)
- Always try to get out of the situation as quick as possible. (Strike fith full force and target the vital areas. This is not a dance, it’s a fight, ok?)
- If you hurt the opponent really badly, call an ambulance. Worst case scenario: you get sentenced for negligent homicide.
- After the fight is over and you feel that you are safe, call the police. If they are smart enough they should see that you were defending yourself and calling the police to investigate is alot more better than just going home and leaving them there. Of course you need to go to interrogations and propably court.
Next, how to end the fight quickly:
How to inflict maximum damage
This is where it gets difficult. Trying to explain this verbally is quite hard, so please pay attention.
To inflict maximum damage, is to strike with full force and strike to the right spot. Sounds simple, eh? It is not.
First of all, you need to think outside of the box, so you can actually hit the attacker in that vital spot. Second, you need to know what body part to use when striking, because fists and legs aren’t the only ones. Using your body as a weapon will prove difficult, but it will pay off. Third, to inflict maximum damage you must let all the kinetic energy transfer to the attackers body. So when you hit, imagine the strike going “through” the opponent. You are not trying to tap the opponent, you are trying to inflict maximum damage to the opponent.
Body parts you can use to strike:
Fists - Good for fast and powerful attacks .A good punch to the nose causes uncontrollable watering of the eyes and momentary blindness.
Elbows - Deliver massive damage if the strike is succesful
Shins - A good roundhouse kick can deliver roughly the same force as striking with a baseball bat.
Knees - These are my favorite. A flying knee kick can deliver roughly the same force than a sledgehammer!
Feet - Used for front and heel kicks. A front kick is a good way to keep the enemy in a distance.
Fingers - Used for poking eyes. This is really deadly and should not be attempted if your life is not on the line.
Forehead - Used for headbutts. A good headbutt to the nose causes uncontrollable watering of the eyes and momentary blindness.
Now, can you think one way to strike for each of these body parts? Should be easy.
Thinking outside the box means to go for unobvious attacks and finding the attackers weakness. If the attacker uses his hands alot, take them out. You can go for a lock or a crush. Crush is very serious, and you should stop immediately if your crush was succesful and the attacker no longer attacks. Now when I mentioned it, we can move on to the next subject:
Types of strikes
There are several ways to strike. I will now present some of the ways to end the fight with one to three succesful strikes. Note that the strikes often are not succesful.
1st. Crush move: With the opponent in a right position, for example running towards you, raise your knee above your hips and kick the opponents knee with your heel by straightening your leg and allowing your full body mass to lay on it. It’s like stomping your foot to the ground, only higher and more powerful. If the move is succesful, the opponent can not possibly use his leg anymore and the fight is over. NOTE: This is a crushing move and it is very dangerous as it crushes the enemy’s kneecap. You can easily get sentenced for this. You should avoid any kind of these movements. Only use if it is a life or death situation.
2nd. Finger strike: With the opponent dropping his guard and giving an opening for the eyes, strike your thumb to the eye. Depending on how much do you want to damage, you can just slap it, puncture it or go all the way through, which will most likely kill the opponent. NOTE: THIS IS A LAST RESORT MOVE. IT IS EXTREMELY DEADLY! You can easily get sentenced for a homicide with this.
3rd. Fast Combo: With the opponent dropping his guard, strike his/her chinbone with your elbow. Imagine your elbow going “through” the chin for maximum damage. When your elbow has traveled to the other side of the opponents head, follow up with another elbow strike by just rewinding the last one. If executed correctly, your opponents chin is now broken or dislocated and the opponent is imbalanced. You can follow up with pushing the opponent away. If the opponent happens to turn his back to you after the second elbow strike, you can continue the combo by stepping on the opponents ham and executing a rear naked choke. It’s over. NOTE: First of all, this is a really hard and risky move. The opponent might lose consciousness already from the first strike, so be aware of your opponents condition if you don’t want to get sentenced for a homicide.
4th. Knee strike: With the chance of grabbing the opponent from the back of the head, pull the opponent towards your knee and at the same time apply a full force knee kick. (It is just raising your knee when your leg is hooked.) The time of impact should be when your knee has reached the height of your stomach. This is also very effective to execute on other opponent’s body parts, like ribs and diaphragm. Be aware that a perfect hit to the nose will definetely knock the opponent unconscious, or at least cause the opponent to think twice before he/she attacks again.
5th. Flying knee strike: Basically the same, but this is done in air and the target is the ribs. This is very effective since it delivers almost the same force as a sledgehammer would. This is very hard to explain so here is a link to youtube -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTGxj6zOzEU Note that this is a very powerful strike, which will most likely end the fight.
The Final Words
We’ve now gone through the basic things which are good to keep in mind while defending yourself. This “tutorial” is solely for entertainment and knowledge purposes, you should never attempt to fight with only this tutorials knowledge. You should participate in a martial art like krav maga, defendo, muay thai or hapkido. These are the ones I have seen to be effective. Defendo is the quickest to learn.
- Be Safe,