Knowing what weapon to utilize against which target is a crucial skill to possess in a self defense conflict. When I discuss weapons I’m talking about parts of the body such as elbows, knees fists, fingertips, etc. Being aware of your weapons and targets is essential since it is all too easy to separate the bones in your hands or find yourself using an ineffective self defense technique if you ignore these details.
The principle is quite simple; strike delicate targets with hard weapons, and strike hard targets with harder weapons.
Getting to Know ONESELF Defense Weapons and Targets:
Because the most effective self defense targets on the body are usually soft you need to understand which hard weapons (areas of the body) will cause probably the most damage. The best way to understand this is to use example targets. If you are attacked the major delicate targets to strike will be the eyes, throat, groin, and ears.
These are all very sensitive areas of the body which require small amounts of force from a hard weapon (i.e. elbows, knees, fingers) to cause great pain. In many instances striking one or two of the targets in a row will distract any attacker longer enough that you can escape to safety.
Before we move on I wish to give a few examples of what parts of the body to strike these delicate targets with.
The eyes are almost always struck with the fingers (this is pretty self-explanatory). However what you might not realize is that you ought to strike them together with your fingers is a loose position. The last thing you want to do is skip and jam a finger. Preserve them loose, you aren’t trying to destroy the attention. You simply want to distract him to help you strike again and escape.
The throat can be struck with number of weapons. One obvious choice is a fist, but the forearm is an even better choice and you also don’t run the chance of damaging your hand if you miss and strike the jaw. The groin could be struck with just about any weapon and become effective. Some favorites are the knife hands, the knee, the palm (which allows a grab after the initial strike), and the foot. As you can see from these examples in the event that you choose the right weapons the chances of you hurting yourself while offering these strikes is very low. This is what you want.
Now for the second section of the principle: hit hard targets with harder weapons.
If there are no soft targets exposed on your own attacker you will have to strike hard targets like the skull or the trunk of the neck. For these circumstances your options are limited.
There are three areas of the body that are generally considered strong enough for these targets. First may be the forearm/elbow, the second is the shin/knee, and the last is certain elements of the skull. The forearm/elbow and shin/knee are fairly straight forward. These parts of the body are sturdy enough to deliver a hit to the skull rather than be damages in the process.
Making use of your own head as a self defense weapon is a little more complicated. In the event that you head-butt your attacker with the incorrect part of your head you can be injured in the process. Also you must target the face of your opponent not his forehead. AR10 80 Lower Receiver Slamming your forehead into his will result in a great deal of pain for both of you. So to make this self defense move effective you need to use the right part of your head to strike the right part of his.
The area of one’s head that should be used is the upper portion of the forehead right before the most notable of the top flattens out.
I hope you have found this article helpful. This principle ought to be a prime consideration in any self defense system, and you also must internalize it to be able to become proficient in any self protection program. I find that many self defense instructors fail to explain this principle (although virtually all follow it).
In my opinion you must understand the key principles of self defense to be able to use it successfully in the real world. That’s why I created the blog at Fightfast.com/blog where one can learn some really effective self defense techniques, learn why they are effective and what situations to utilize them in.
Stay Smart and Stay Safe,
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