Self Defense Techniques

Self Defense TechniquesSelf Defense Techniques

Any self defense technique needs to be simple, yet effective when applied.

Anything over complicated that causes you to even have to stop and think for a split second, could be the difference between your safety and further harm.

In some situations poor self defense techniques, can be worse than no self defense at all!

The goal of these basic self  defense techniques, is to free yourself, or avoid being attacked, before you may then need to proceed further to render your attacker incapacitated to allow you to safely escape.


Common Situations

Self Defense Technique 1

The Passive Approach

When someone approaches you, and you are unsure of their intentions, using the universal sign of pushing both palms of your hands forward to signal stop can allow you time to evaluate this persons intention, but also to add distance between you and your attacker.

From this position you can easily react more efficiently if you feel that their intention is to harm you in some way.

Be firm, but do not act in an aggressive manner as this may only escalate the situation.


Self defense MovesFront Attack

If the passive approach does not stop your attacker and they attempt to grab you or throw a punch in your direction, it is now time to react!

The quickest and most effective response (the flinch response) should be to thrust both of your hands towards the attackers arm, driving them in a triangle  shape (your hands being the top point, and your elbows the bottom points) towards the arm that the attacker is attacking with.

Throw your body weight behind it and slap down on your attacker as hard as you can.

This will usually stun your attacker and allow you to again, create space to remove yourself from the situation, or to take further action if necessary.

Self Defense Technique Flinch Response (any angle of attack)

This flinch response of driving forward with your arms in this triangular shape and putting your body weight behind it can work from several different angles, against different attacks.

Drive a wedge forward between you and the attacker.

Step into the attack not away. It’s natural to want to step back. Most people attack with some idea of what your reaction is going to be!  Change this and you already have a chance.

The groin kick  (and why it may not be the best first option!)

Self Defense Groin KickThe Groin kick, or knee to the groin has always been a popular response when asking various people how they would defend themselves.

If you are positioned properly, and have a clear shot (most attackers won’t usually leave this vulnerable area open) then it could work effectively.

If you are not positioned well, or your atttacker has the same leg forward that you intend to kick with, then attempting this will put you in more harm than good.

Self Defence MoveAny time you lift a leg off the ground, your balance is compromised, and if you miss your target, or it is blocked, then you risk the chance of ending up off balance and ending up on the ground.

As I said earlier, poor self defense can sometimes be more dangerous than no self defense at all.

Don’t risk it by taking a cheap shot, there are much more effective methods than this one, you want to use effective self defense techniques at all times



Self defenseNeck Hold (frontal choke)

A common intimidation technique or an obvious sign that someone wants to do you harm, is when they grab you around the throat.

A natural instinct is to grab the attackers hands and wrestle with them to try and break free.

If the attacker is larger or stronger than you (little people don’t usually grab big people!) then wrestling with them won’t be in your favour.

Self defense technique against a  chokeBy throwing your right or left arm quickly across the attackers arms, turn your head and step  across in the same direction, this uses the leverage of your shoulder against his hands on your throat, and will not allow him to hang on any further.

This should allow you to break free, or be able to use further techniques to cause your attacker to be incapacitated allowing you to escape.

These movements have to be done quickly to avoid wrestling and most likely be an in-effective self defense technique.

Self Defense MovesAttack from behind

Breaking free from a grab behind is similar to releasing a neck grab or choke.

Quickly turn to face your attacker while throwing your arm, up and over your shoulder as you turn, this will again allow leverage and not allow the attacker to hold on any longer.release from a grab from behind

Be sure to step across keeping balance at all times.

This release will bring you face to face where you can re assess the situation, or continue till you are able to break free and escape.

Self defense against a wrist grabWrist grab

The weakest part when someone has a grip is the thumb. whether you are grabbed by one wrist or both, rolling your wrist with an upward jerking motion towards the attackers thumbs, will cause them to have to release you.

This motion must be fast and strong, as the element of surprise as well as using leverage against the thumb is important.

Once released you can retreat if possible or continue with further techniques till you are able to escape.


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