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