Are You Ready to Defend Yourself?

Are you ready to defend yourself

Are you ready to defend yourself? Whatever the situation of any attack may be, when it comes your way you need to be able to defend yourself. Learn Self-defense today, it could save your life. Here`s a few examples of attack you may experience.

Knife Attack Defense

Preparing for an unarmed knife or machete attack is something most of us law-abiding citizens just don’t think about in our usual daily routines. This may sound like it’s supposed to happen somewhere else, but we have to face the facts—it’s happening everywhere, and you need to prepare now before you are chosen as the next victim of an aggravated assault.

Today, statistics say you have a one in seven chance of this type of encounter happening sometime during your lifetime. Luckily, you can survive this situation by learning a simple step-by-step defense maneuver.

When you see a knife being thrust your way, expect to get cut. The big difference in how badly the injury will be will depend on how you react. And that depends on your preparation and training.

Strike & Escape

First, think “Look up and look around.” To make yourself less of an easy target, you need to be more aware of your surroundings as you go through your daily routine. We are all in a hurry, and this rush forces us to lose perspective of the environment around us. Remember, criminals hate it when you pay attention.

Second, think “Move and dominate.” Don’t comply and become an easy victim. Your mindset has to switch into domination mode where you turn the tables on your assailant and take control of the weapon, which will better your odds of getting home safe to your loved ones. To start off, let’s assume you are unarmed, and the attacker surprises you from the rear with a regular knife grip to your throat.

Step 1: Grab the attacker’s knife arm firmly with both hands, pulling the weapon arm down to create space between the blade and your neck. Maintain control by pinning his arm to your chest. At the same time, lower your hips and your center of gravity in a wide stance to gain stability.

Step 2: It’s time to escape out the “backdoor.” Raise your right elbow up, creating a hole where you will step back through with your left foot. This allows you to pop out under the aggressor’s right arm.

Step 3: Slide your left arm under the attacker’s weapon arm and “snake it” around his to lock his elbow and put shoulder pressure down with your right arm. This will force the aggressor to bend forward in pain.

Step 4: Dominate your attacker and the situation by creating “justifiable damage.”  Another finishing option is to bring your right knee to his face while he’s bent over. Either way, you want to give this thug enough pain to disorient him, so you can get away safely and call the authorities for help.

Ready to Defend

Are you ready to defend yourself? Remember, this is all going to happen very quickly, typically in less than six seconds. You can prepare by practicing this lesson safely at home by envisioning this situation happening to you and building muscle memory by moving through these four steps in the air. Repeat this until you get it down. Ask a friend or family member to help you practice.

This will help develop the neuromuscular imprints that your body will follow and react to when this happens because you trained beforehand. The worst thing to do is to panic and freeze. This is when you get hurt. If you want to, use a practice blade or other non-sharp object to replicate a knife.

Always use extreme caution during training, and never use a real knife as a practice tool.

Prepare now so that you’re not the next person on the news who had an unfortunate or deadly encounter. You owe it to yourself and especially your loved ones who count on you as their protector. You can start your defense prep by finding a good local expert teaching non-sport-style close combat

Wrist Grab Defense

The need for wrist-grab defenses makes a lot of sense—put a knife or any other weapon in your hand and your attacker will try to grab your wrist to try to keep you from using that weapon against him. Like many other skills, there is a significant difference between practical, combative wrist-grab counters and “martial artsy” methods.

While aikido-style wrist rotations and locks are fun to practice and look impressive, they often don’t work against an unexpected grab from a highly motivated training partner or a real attacker. Just as importantly, they fail to take into consideration the reason you’re probably using a knife in the first place—your attacker also has a weapon. And keeping him from using that weapon against you has to remain a top priority.

Hit Hard & Hit Fast

The simplest method of countering a wrist grab is to hit your attacker hard enough—or, more accurately, effectively enough—to cause him to let go. As soon as he latches onto your wrist, use your non-weapon hand to strike him in the face, or, even better, poke him in the eyes to change the game and cause him to release his grip.

Done quickly and decisively, this defense can be very effective. However, it is also risky because you are not doing anything to control the attacker’s weapon-wielding arm.

Another strike-based defense against a wrist grab is to use your non-weapon hand to slap or hit the inside of the attacker’s wrist. A sudden, forceful impact on the inside of the wrist can shock the flexor tendons and cause the hand to involuntarily open. You are also working against the weakest part of the attacker’s grip—where his fingers and thumb come together.

A similar tactic is to use the forearm of your non-weapon hand to “shear” his hand off your wrist. This is a push-pull action that consists of driving your forearm forward as you jerk your knife hand forcefully to the rear. Again, however, you must be quick since you leave your attacker’s weapon-wielding hand free to strike.

Take Control

The safest way to break a wrist grab is to first control the attacker’s weapon arm to prevent him from striking or stabbing you. Although it’s tempting to grab his wrist as well, this puts you on equal terms and allows him two joints of mobility— his elbow and shoulder.

A better solution is to drive the web of your hand into the pocket of the elbow of his weapon- wielding arm; drive your arm to full extension, locking the elbow and pushing his arm away from you. Since you are using the full length of your arm against the middle of his arm, yours is longer than his. It’s also stronger because, when it’s fully extended, you can rely on skeletal strength instead of muscle. Nevertheless, it’s only a temporary advantage, so you still need to be quick.

One of the simplest and easiest ways to break the attacker’s wrist grab is to use your body weight. While maintaining your control of his weapon hand with your free hand, extend your weapon hand straight downward and lock your elbow. Then, quickly bend your knees and drop into a squat so your entire body weight works against his grip on your wrist.

This movement should be as explosive as possible and should feel like you’re trying to pick both feet up off the ground, rather than just bending your knees. Even the strongest attacker won’t be able to hold your entire body weight up with one hand, so breaking his grip is virtually guaranteed.

Once your knife hand is free, take advantage of the opportunity to finish the fight by immediately cutting across the quadriceps muscle of his nearest leg within the first few inches above the knee. This muscle is responsible for extending the knee joint and allows the leg to support weight. Severing it instantly cripples that leg and will typically drop an attacker to the ground. This “mobility kill” should allow you to escape.

Carjacking Defense

“Carjacking” is the term used to describe the hostile invasion of an automobile by an assailant. There are several deductions we can make from available data on carjacking’s. If you’re confronted by a potential carjacker, or by an assailant who tries to entice you into a car, you can presume that they are armed. You face the greatest risk of being carjacked in confined areas while going about your typical routine.

Remaining in open spaces with good visibility might decrease your risk, but not by a great margin. The bottom line is that you should always remain vigilant.

Stay alert and live defensively. If something looks or feels out of place, it likely is. Get your keys ready before you leave the store, so you aren’t fumbling for them in the parking lot. Be particularly wary of people who are loitering, panhandling or handing out flyers. Criminals frequently use such activities to troll for victims.

Whenever practical, park in well-lit areas and as close as possible to a building’s entrance. Never leave valuables where they are visible in your car. Also avoid parking near wooded areas, large vehicles or structures that might impede visibility or potential routes of escape. After you park, make a quick recon before you unlock your vehicle. If anything seems out of place, circle around for a better vantage point. A little time devoted to precaution can abort problems before they start.

While driving, retain your situational awareness. Leave enough space at stoplights and intersections to maneuver quickly if need be. A sunroof is fun in good weather but try to keep it shut if you’re stuck in traffic or traversing questionable neighborhoods. Keeping to the center lane makes it harder for criminals to box you in and leaves you with greater tactical flexibility in the event of a crisis.

Stay Alert, Stay Alive

Keep your doors locked at all times. At the risk of sounding cold, don’t open your door or lower your window for anyone you don’t know. If in doubt, stay buttoned up and dial 911. Unless they are actively bleeding, anyone you meet on the road who is in trouble will likely be OK until the proper authorities arrive on the scene.

It’s also a good idea to mind your cell phone. In the 21st century, particularly in built-up areas, help is seldom far away. If you feel like you are getting into trouble, dial 911 and leave the phone line open so the dispatcher can hear and record what is going on around you.

Fight For Your Life

If attacked, do whatever you can to make sure you do not end up in the stranger’s car.

If you are the driver in a carjacking situation, then your car is a weapon. It is big and powerful, even if you are not, do not hesitate to sacrifice the vehicle if that is what it takes to escape. An automobile is devastating in the right hands.

A set of car keys arrayed between your fingers turns a modest punch into something much more effective. We are remarkably resilient organisms, but the eyes, ears and groin will always be weak spots. Pepper spray is also a pretty good deterrent.

It does not have an expiration date, is easy to use and proves utterly miserable for those downrange of it. Fingernails, flashlights or anything else hard and handy in the car can potentially make an attacker sufficiently miserable to call it a day.


Mobility is the key to our industrialized society, and we spend an inordinate amount of time in our vehicles as a result. Because of this, criminals rightfully view motor vehicle travel as an opportunity. Despite these everyday dangers, a little effort, preparation, vigilance and training can make you sufficiently prepared to motivate a carjacker to look elsewhere for easier targets to prey on.

Whatever the situation of any attack may be, when it comes your way you need to be able to defend yourself. Learn Self-defense today, it could save your life. So, after reading this blog, are you ready to defend yourself?

Author: Nigel Taylor

I`m Nigel Taylor – originally from England – owner of The Backyard Gym in Round Rock Texas. We specialize in personal training, kickboxing cardio and self-defense. With over 25 years experience as a personal trainer, I know what works! From weight loss to bulking up to toning up, I can help you get your desired look and achieve your fitness goals. I can also offer you the privacy of a 100% private personal training studio in which to enjoy and get the most out of your workouts.