Self Defense 101 – Four Tips for Defending Yourself

Gladius International
October 27, 2020

When caught in an unexpected fight-or-flight situation, knowing how to defend yourself can make all the difference. Most individuals who attempt to engage in situations of conflict are typically looking for an easy outcome. Once the target becomes too much trouble, the odds of the attacker to disengage and flee increase dramatically. These three self-defense tips will not only allow you to be a harder target from any physical altercation but also give you confidence in knowing you will be able to defend yourself in a vulnerable situation.

1. Leverage the Weak Spots

Everyone has the same weak spots no matter how big or strong they may be. These include the eyes, nose, throat, chest, knees, and groin. These areas can be a great equalizer when needed in a pinch. In the heat of the moment, a quick hard hit to one of these spots can quickly inhibit an attacker’s ability to continue. Some simple moves that can take directed at these weak spots are poking the eyes, pulling the ears, palm to the nose, punching the throat and jaw, or kicking the groin and knees. Watch this video for a visual demonstration of a person’s weak spots.

2. Master Simple but Painful Moves

When it comes to self-defense, oftentimes less is more. Your goal should not necessarily be to knock-out your attacker, but rather to put up enough of a fight to prolong the attack and give yourself time to escape the situation and find help. Statistics show that an assailant is more likely to give up tussling after a few minutes if the victim is fighting back. Memorize and practice these small moves that will cause your attacker pain and force them to reevaluate the situation.

Bend the wrist and fingers: Grab the aggressor’s wrist and bend it as far backward as you can. If you control a person’s wrist, you control their body and can guide their momentum. If you can get ahold of their fingers, do the same. The more you apply pressure to their fingers or wrist, the more discomfort it will cause them, and the more control you will gain over your aggressor.

Aim for the throat: Punching the throat can also be one of the most effective ways of incapacitating your aggressor. One of our most basic instincts is breathing, when you take that away or make it difficult, it is the body’s immediate reaction to panic. This moment of panic is enough for the attacker to release you for a second and allow you to escape. Watch the video linked here for how to properly throat punch. If you don’t have enough room to punch, push a few fingers firmly in between the attacker’s collarbone and under their Larynx for the same effect.

3. Be Prepared for Sneak Attacks

The vast majority of dangerous circumstances start with one party (the defender) remaining unaware until the situation arises. Assailants will often sneak up from behind to catch the victim by surprise. One typical move an assailant will make from behind is a “bear hug” in order to take control of their victim’s movement. Though you might feel defenseless if grabbed like this, there are several options to help you escape. The first is to drop your weight all the way to the ground (like doing a very fast squat). This sudden shift will make it harder for the attacker to carry you and lose their grip on you. Second, a quick and sudden throw of your head backward into your attacker’s face, this goes back to hitting them in a weak spot. Additionally, you can bend down and grab one of the attacker’s legs to bring them down to the ground, hopefully allowing enough time to break contact and escape or call for help. For a visual demonstration, watch how to do these moves here.

4. Bonus Tip: Threat Deterrence 

The single greatest asset you, as an individual, have to lessen your chances of becoming a victim, is your awareness. When you are in public, whether you’re on a busy street, a dark alley throwing the rubbish out, or getting in your car, maintaining a strong sense of awareness of your surroundings is the greatest deterrent to being involved in a dangerous situation. Remember, most individuals are looking for a quick and easy scenario. If you take away their advantages early on or pre-incident, the odds of them following through are dramatically reduced. Additionally, always try and remain mobile, do not let yourself be led to a dead-end or have your ability to leave the situation taken away.

Threats are everywhere in today’s world, and we know how important it is to feel safe. If you’re interested in hiring a security officer, receiving security training, or taking any other personal safety measures, contact us today.


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