Knowing a little self-defense nowadays is a good idea. The majority of the easiest self-defense moves focus on throwing your attacker off balance and giving yourself a chance to escape, but there are a few that, when done correctly, can actually knock your attacker out. Continue reading to learn how to do some of these different moves.
Method 1 Headbutt
1. Take hold of the attacker’s shirt. Grab the attacker’s shirt with both hands in the centre of the chest, just below the collar or neckline.
Drawing someone into a whiplash motion is the most effective way to headbutt them. To accomplish this, you must push and pull the attacker away from you by the shirt.
It is best to avoid grabbing the attacker behind the neck. The natural instinct is to grab the attacker behind the neck and draw the head down for a headbutt, but this causes the neck and shoulder muscles to tense, making it much more difficult to pull the person forward.
2. Push the attacker away from you. Push forward with your entire body weight into the attacker until their upper body leans back.
This movement causes the attacker to lose balance and disengage their shoulders.
Because this movement is likely to be unexpected, you will have the element of surprise on your side as well.
3. Pull the attacker toward you as quickly as possible. Use your arms to pull the attacker back toward your head as soon as the attacker’s shoulders disengage.
With the shoulders disengaged in this manner, the attacker’s arms will naturally swing open, preventing them from blocking the headbutt with their arms.
4. Strike quickly with the right or left side of your head’s crown; if you use the middle, you might crack your head. Bring your head down as you draw the attacker toward you, so that the top of your head meets the attacker’s nose as their nose drops down.
Strike with your head on top. Do not use your brow.
The nose is a sensitive pressure point, and if you strike it hard enough, you will be able to knock the other person out.
Method 2 Upper-Cut
1. Position yourself along your attacker’s centre line. Stand directly in front of the attacker, with your vertical centre aligned with the vertical centre of your attacker’s body.
When performing an upper-cut, bring your arm up along the centre line until you reach the attacker’s chin. As a result, you must be in a position where you can see the centre line of your attacker’s body.
2. Use your non-dominant hand to draw the eye. Block with your non-dominant hand and swipe at your attacker’s block. Keep the hand near the eye level to draw attention.
Keeping this hand free allows you to defend against your attacker’s strikes while also diverting your attacker’s attention away from your dominant hand.
3. Bring an open hand up to the attacker’s chin quickly. Swing your dominant arm up along your attacker’s centre line, fingers slightly bent, exposing your palm’s heel. Your palm should be facing your attacker’s face.
Make a fist instead.
The heel of your hand should be aimed at your attacker’s chin and should be located just above the wrist.
4. Strike with the heel of your palm. Strike just below your attacker’s chin, snapping their head back and knocking them out.
When the attacker is struck here, the head is thrown back and the nerves at the top of the spinal column are pinched, causing the attacker to black out.
In bare-handed combat, using the palm of your hand gives you a larger surface area to work with. It also protects your fingers, saving your hand and preventing damage to the only “weapon” you have in the fight.
Method 3 Strike to the Nose
1. Determine the best way to strike based on your position. You can strike your attacker’s nose whether they are in front of you or behind you, but the movement you use will depend on your starting position.
If your attacker is directly in front of you, you must move forward.
If your attacker is hiding behind you, you must attack as you turn to face them.
2. From the front, strike with the heel of your palm. When facing your attacker, open your hand and strike straight forward, hitting the base of the nose and shoving it back.
To apply the most force, throw your weight into the attack.
This move causes your opponent’s head to snap back, pinching the nerves of the upper spinal column and causing the opponent to black out if done with enough force.
3. If the attacker is behind you, strike with your elbow. Bend and lift your arm so that your elbow points toward the attacker’s face if the attacker is behind you. Rotate your upper body so that your elbow lands on the side of the attacker’s nose.
Another pressure point on the body is the centre side of the nose, on either side. If you strike hard enough, you can break the attacker’s nose and knock him out.
Method 4 Strike to the Neck
1. Align your side with the centre line of your opponent. This technique works especially well when your attacker comes from the side, but if your attacker comes from a different angle, you will need to rotate your stance until your shoulder roughly lines up with your attacker’s vertical centre of body.
You can attack with either side of your body, but you may be able to apply more force if you turn your body so that your dominant side faces your attacker.
2. As your attacker approaches, take a step forward and shift your weight. When your attacker approaches, take a step forward with the foot closest to them, causing your entire body weight to shift forward onto that foot.
You must engage your assailant’s attack rather than retreat from it.
This move is only effective if your attacker is on the offensive and actively approaching you. It inflicts damage by using the force of the attacker’s forward motion.
3. Point your elbow at the Adam’s apple. As you step into your opponent’s attack, lift your elbow up, causing it to meet the inside of the Adam’s apple on either side.
You should be able to cause your attacker to collapse if you strike the inside of the Adam’s apple from a 45-degree angle.
Even if you do not successfully strike the pressure point, the force of your elbow’s impact should be enough to throw your attacker off balance.
Method 5 Knee to Head
1. Begin in a defensive stance. Stand shoulder-width apart with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent. Your non-dominant foot should be slightly ahead of your dominant foot, and your hands should be ready to move.
This position keeps your centre of gravity in the centre of your stance, allowing you to maintain perfect balance.
This move can be performed even if you are not in a protective, balanced stance, but you will have a better chance of success in a knockout if you begin in this stance.
2. Examine your position in relation to the assailant. The attacker should be crouched and no more than a half-leg length away.
You can knock your opponent down with a knee to the groyne or a powerful kick to the shin.
This move works best when your opponent is already doubled-over and caught off guard. It’s less effective if they’re already facing you and attempting to rise.
3. Put pressure on your attacker’s shoulders. With the heels of your palms, press down on both of your attacker’s shoulders.
Put your entire upper body weight into the gesture to apply maximum force.
Maintain your balance by keeping your legs in the same stance as you prepare to deliver the knockout blow.
4. Bring your knee up quickly as you draw your attacker down. Bring your dominant knee forward and strike your attacker in the nose or chin while keeping your attacker’s shoulders down.
Working quickly is essential. The force of being pushed down causes the attacker to tighten his or her shoulder muscles, making it more difficult to keep the attacker down.
Aim for the nose or the chin to cause the most damage and a blackout.
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