The hard truth is that we live in a world where danger can pop up when we’re least expecting it. If you looked at the latest crime statistics in the US alone, you’d notice that there has been a rise in crimes against women over the past few years.
Now more than ever before, it’s crucial for women to know how to defend themselves. Ideally, every woman should carry a weapon such as a stun gun or a pepper spray to give them an edge during a physical confrontation with an assailant who in the majority of cases will be a man.
In the event that you don’t have a weapon, you’ll need to rely on your own hands to ward off any attacks. The goal of self-defense is to give you an edge to knock your opponent down for a few seconds while you run off.
Self-defense is not about getting into a sparring session with your attacker. This is not an MMA fight. You’re in a fight for your life. The rule is – Engage, inflict damage, disengage and run to safety.
In this article, we’ll look at 3 simple but highly effective self-defense techniques that any woman can execute even under stress and duress. It’s all about having the fighting spirit. The will to fight back is more important than any move or technique.
Now let’s look at the 3 moves.
1. Eye stab
Like the name suggests, this is a pretty straightforward move and it involves you jabbing your attacker’s eye with your fingers. You could jab one eye or both. You could use just your index finger to jab one eye.
Another technique is to open up your index and middle fingers to poke both eyes at the same time. Or you could make a fist with your thumb slightly protruding out and jab their eye.
Whatever technique you decide to use, you must be fast and you must be accurate. Eyes are considered as soft targets and no matter how strong or big your attacker is, an eye stab if executed correctly and at the right moment can bring the attack to an immediate halt.
This is without a doubt one of the most effective self-defense moves out there.
2. Groin attacks
While it may sound questionable, the groin is another soft target and if you deliver a blow to your attacker’s groin, they’ll probably drop to their knees in pain and you can beat a hasty retreat.
The problem here is that men instinctively guard their groin region and what the self-defense classes and martial arts classes don’t tell you is that when you try to hit a man’s groin, he’s much more likely to avoid your hit or close up his legs and defend himself.
Here’s how to get around that. For starters, do NOT look at his groin before striking. This displays intention and your attacker will subconsciously pick up on it. You want to look at his face and have him looking at you when you deliver the blow.
Secondly, you can either use a front kick, a knee or even a slap/punch to the groin. In fact, knees and slaps to the groin are more effective because there’s less translation and it’s faster. Always remember to hit hard… and if you have the opportunity to hit the same spot again, make sure you do so.
3. Palm heel strikes
Unlike boxing or traditional martial arts, when in a self-defense scenario, it’s always best to use open palms instead of fists when fighting. Even Mike Tyson, broke his hand in a street fight. Your technique needs to be excellent to do damage with fists and not hurt yourself.
The average person should just stick to open palms. The heel of your palm is just as hard as your fist and can do even more damage to your opponent without much risk to you.
Palm heel strikes are best executed upwards and you should make contact with the nose. This is the best case scenario. If you can’t get the nose, the chin will do just fine. If you’re trained, you can hit the solar plexus or even the throat. Once again, keep it fast and hard.
The 3 moves mentioned above are extremely effective but they are just 3 of many. There are different scenarios such as getting grabbed from behind or being pinned down on the ground, etc. The best way to defend yourself in such situations is to be well-trained.
Join a self-defense class and learn a variety of techniques. Do note that it’s better to learn arts like Krav Maga or other close quarter combat techniques instead of traditional martial arts like Karate or Taekwondo which take a long time to master.
You want to learn moves that are effective, brutal and most importantly, realistic. Flying kicks and Aikido wrist locks and sweeps are just too flamboyant for most women to employ.
So, pick a good self-defense course and keep practicing till the moves are second nature to you. This will ensure that you have a high chance of coming out relatively unscathed in a dirty, violent scenario. The more you sweat in practice, the less you’ll bleed in battle.