In an aggressive situation of intimidation, threat or physical violence, self-defence is necessary to avoid harm. Self-defence is the legitimate, immediate and necessary violence exerted by a person in order to ward off an attacker and there are several techniques that can be used in self-defence. Listed below are 6 simple and practical self-defence techniques to ensure your defense and get you out of complex situations.
1. Breakthrough technique clearance: the “shield-spur”
When the aggression comes from the front and is very close: you will have to react quickly with a break-release technique in order to block and restore a minimum distance of safety. Simply bury your nose in your elbow(left), in a circular and upward motion, with your left hand locking your thumb down on your right shoulder, palm outward. This technique is effective in blocking a close attack until a safe distance is attained.
The simplest, easy and sufficient for beginners are the self-defence techniques of”trapping range”.This method does not require any particular physical abilities. One of the methods of protection which is effective but to only use at last chance is the bite. The bite is used as a last resort when you can not move because your aggressor blocks your arms. The trapping range allows you to defend yourself on short distances using your natural weapons that represent hands, head, knees, elbows, or teeth. The bite technique is very effective and can help you break free from an attacker; anotherreasonwhyitisrecommendedforyourprotection.
3. Kick technique
Another technique of self-defence, much less radical, but equally effective in trapping range is to destabilize the aggressor by hitting the knee. This technique is called the “knee kick”. Thekneekick is easy to implement and shows great efficiency. It is simply to lift the knee by aiming for the lower abdomen. You can hit the tip of the foot directly forward or with the heel up and down on the aggressor’s foot.
The kick technique is also efficacious against an opponent approaching from behind. The knife side of the foot can be used as an attack weapon and the big advantage of this technique is the possibility to bridge a long distance. Make sure the toes of your foot is pointing forward and the ankle of the kicking foot must be bent 45 degrees at the moment of hitting.
4. The shot technique (using a strategic part of the body)
In case of an attack, train your instincts to use the objects that are at your fingertips as a protective weapon. Sometimes there is nothing around you to help you; indeed, you must know how to use with intelligence your most valuable natural weapons such as your knees, your head or your elbows. Kneeling is used when your opponent takes your hands. You have to lift your knee vertically and then hit the genitals or the sciatic nerve by moving your hips forward. The technique of the headshot is quite spectacular, but it is one of the most effective techniques to counter any attacker. To make a ball, you must use the top of your head. Grab the nape of your abuser with your hands, bend your knees slightly, lower your chin and hit the front of your head. Nudging is also a method of destructive protection. You have to bend your arm and use the ball of your elbow. Make a movement back to the face to hit your attacker.
You have had time to identify the attack but it is already close, engage a defence action by dodging. Protect yourself by raising your arm and tucking your shoulders and swinging out of the axis of the attack or dodging the attacker’s attempt or stranglehold by stepping aside or back.
6. Hit technique
Your first weapon is your fist. Clench your fingers against the palm without leaving a vacuum and lock your thumb over it to avoid any injury. Hold your fist in the extension of your forearm, keeping your wrist firm. Strike directly with the roots of the index and middle fingers, or circularly with the back of the fist as a backhand.
The hit technique principle is to hit the shot as quickly as possible with the smallest surface of your hand on a very specific point of the opponent’s body:
- the external cutting edge of the hand (from the little finger joint to the wrist), also called the “hand sabre”, is very effective especially on the neck area (carotid), the neck, the joints of the arm or in the sides floating of the opponent,
- the palm of the hand: the striking is carried with the base of the palm or the flat of the hand with your wrist flexed to the maximum, fingers raised and thumb bent. It is very useful especially to repel the opponent when the blow is worn on the chin in a fast movement from bottom to top.
In addition to dealing with the hassle of everyday life, we also need to be concerned about our own safety. Sorry, we agree, but as we say: prevention is better than cure.
If ever you have to defend yourself and go on the attack, you need to know the areas of weakness of your attacker (it’s always good to know). The eyes, the neck, the ears, the jaw, the groin (for men) and the knees are therefore the least powerful body parts and finally the simplest to target.
The techniques listed above areadaptedtothelikelyattacksthatcanoccurinthestreet.Therefore,youwillbeabletorebelagainstyouropponent.At Xboom, your security is our utmost priority and our team works with passion and dedication to ensure your safety. Whetherit’sdayornight, whether in the street or in a bar, alone or in a group, these techniques simply prepare you for any eventuality, which could save you a lot from dangerous situations!