Disable an attacker quickly!
Remember, if you are attacked your priority is to ensure your safety, getting an aggressor to let go of you does not end the situation. Many people have been hurt because they didn’t take strong enough measures allowing the attacker to have another go at them, you might not get so lucky second time around so don’t hold back, you might only get one chance to escape the situation.
One strike could save you from further danger and give you your best chance to end the situation, so hit hard and hit fast! You don’t have to wait till your attacker punches you before you think of striking them. Once you deliver that first blow do not stand back and see what your attacker decides to do next, keep on going until the threat is dealt with. Remember, while there is still a threat to your safety it is still self-defense and you must do whatever it takes to ensure your safety. Do not hold back with your first strike, make it count.
You should never reach full extension of your arm before hitting a target with a punch. Many times you will see someone throw a punch with just enough power to reach the intended target almost like they’re afraid of hurting their hand so pull the punch short, the secret is to image your target behind the actual target you are striking ensuring maximum force when delivered, that way your strike is actually still accelerating as it goes into the target area rather than slowing down.
Vulnerable areas to aim for
Here`s a few of the most vulnerable areas on the human body, if you can strike out at any of these areas you will have a great chance of surviving any attack you might be facing.
Eyes… Striking the eyes is a great way to escape from an attacker who is much stronger than yourself who has managed to get in close enough to grab you and has you in a bear hug. The technique should see your first two fingers spread and bent slightly ensuring you don’t break your own fingers if you happen to miss the target and strike your attackers forehead instead. Simply push your hand forward and upwards to your attacker’s eyes, aiming a little lower with your fingers sliding up the cheeks into the eye socket is far better than aiming too high. This move will definitely make someone back off a few seconds if not longer stunning them, but don’t rely on this to end the situation, be prepared to follow it up with something else immediately then make your escape.
Groin… Kicking the groin if timed and aimed correctly can stop an attacker dead in his tracks. It can be a great way to keep your attacker at a distance before he gets in too close to you. However, if you attempt this kick from a distance be aware that if the distance is too far you might not generate enough power to stop your attacker and only land your kick with the tip of your toes should you even strike the desired target. You are putting yourself in a position of being very off balance as your kicking leg is so extended making it very easy to miss and kick the stomach or leg instead allowing your attacker the chance to grab your leg and push you onto the ground, so don’t gamble everything on this one kick, be prepared to follow it up immediately. But if you do manage to time your kick with the distance perfectly this will end any threat you are under. No matter how big and strong someone is a kick to the groin will disable anyone long enough to ensure your escape and safety.
Throat… Punching, chopping and squeezing the throat can stop an attacker immediately. Two of the main strikes are the web hand and the straight fingered strike, both are delivered with a hard straight jabbing action. The web hand strike uses the `L` shape between the thumb and forefinger as a striking surface. The other common throat striking method is to ram straight stiff fingers into the throat. Action against this particular area can be effectively carried out from a close in range or from a distance as very little pressure is needed to make an attacker back off. However, something to be mindful of is striking with too much force in this area could easily kill someone, so unless your life is in serious danger be very careful when attacking the throat.
Ears… Attacking the ears is a great way to get yourself out of danger, especially if you should find yourself in some kind of close grab or bear hug type of situation where you simply don’t have enough space to generate any kind of effective strike. Striking the ears in a clapping motion will definitely disorientate your attacker giving you valuable seconds in which to make your escape to safety.
Shins… The shins have a large number of nerve endings close to the surface of the skin and as such can be a very painful area to receive a kick. Also, the inner side of your foot can be used to slide down an attackers shin. Both the impact and pain caused by this action could well be enough to cause your attacker to lose his balance a few seconds and step back. If you happen to be wearing hard shoes then kicking with your toes will be very effective. If you are grabbed from behind striking the shins is a great area to hit.
Fingers… The fingers offer a great target and are very useful when it comes to getting an attacker to release you from any hold they may have you in. The beauty of this area is the fact there’s so many of them and pulling, twisting, bending or even breaking a finger can be extremely painful. Any of these actions should help give you the opportunity to escape.
Nose… The nose is a very delicate area and a solid strike against it can seriously knock the fight out of someone very quickly, it’s amazing how someone-even an attacker-can panic when they feel their own blood running out of their nose and into their mouth, the sensation and taste of which can really unsettle someone. A punch, chop or palm-strike are very effective on this particular area whether it be from a distance or close in. Definitely one of the best areas to attack.
You may only get one chance to escape
Remember, when attacking these or any other areas with your self-defense moves don’t make the mistake of stepping back and waiting to see what reactions your attacker is showing after you took action, you might only get one chance at surviving the attack so get out of there immediately!
Have you been the victim of an attack? If you fought back did you lash out wildly hoping for the best or were you able to carefully select a target to strike, what area did you hit and what effect did it have?