TIP #1 - USE YOUR
First, stay calm and think as the situation develops. As soon as the adrenaline
kicks in, everything will seem to happen in slow motion. If you are calm, if
you do not panic, your mind will process thoughts so rapidly that it will seem
like you have hours to make a decision about how to react.
Second, the human skull is an awesomely powerful weapon. Bashing your forehead
into the goon's nose once is tremendously more effective than slamming your fist
into his nose twice.
Similarly, ladies, if you are grabbed, bear-hug style from
behind, don't waste your time trying to step on his toes, or elbowing his
ribs, or kicking your heel
up into his groin. It is highly unlikely any of hose moves will do anything
besides anger your attacker.
Instead, start trying to bash his face
with the back of your head. All you have to do is connect
once or twice with your attacker's face or collarbone and you have
delivered some serious damage.
TIP #2 - ALWAYS HAVE A TOOL HANDY
Always, always, always have something easily and quickly accessible
to use as a weapon. If someone surprises you, there should
be something instantly accessible to aid in your defense.
you remember this one absurdly simple rule about weapons fighting,
you will see the potential weapon hidden in virtually everything
around you AND
to use it more effectively.
Anything you find that is hard and fast
should be aimed at smashing against something made of bone, and anything
with a point to it should be aimed at stabbing into soft tissue. For example,
if you found a blunt stick or a can of vegetables you would target
bone: Aim this kind of weapon at the face, the skull, hip, shin,
kneecap. However, anything hard or blunt would be less effective to
use against, say, an attacker's abdomen.
Conversely, something with a point
-- a knife or pen for example -- is
much more effective when targeting something soft, like the throat, the
eyes, crotch, armpit, or belly. If you do strike at something hard,
like the kneecap, chances are the point will bounce off without doing any
Hard goes to bone,
Point goes to soft tissue --
It's as simple as that. Remember this rule, and you will never
be without an effective weapon again.
TIP #3 - MOVE ALONG A TRIANGLE
(a bit of theory)
There is one tip about self-defense that is so important that entire
martial arts systems are based upon it.
Don't get hit!
Moving along a triangle
goes a long way toward achieving the goal of not getting hit. One
of the most dangerous mistakes the average person makes during
a fight is to move in straight lines. They will move in a
straight line, either forward and backward, or side to side.
is also the mistake that will cause the Tai Mai Shu black belt
to get his or her butt whooped in very short order out on the street.
a vertical dividing line along your body, dividing your body into
left and right halves. The aggressor is probably going
or around that line: your face, your throat, your heart, your groin.
in a straight line backward or forward will change the distance
you are from your attacker, but it does not move your centerline out
of the attack
path. Moving laterally (left or right) will change the location
of your centerline, but it does not change the distance between you and
attacker has mentally committed to striking at a particular target.
His brain has sent the signal to his fist that your face, your
or your groin (the target he intends to hit) is located at a particular
distance out there in a particular direction. When you change the target's
it spoils the effectiveness of the attack.
Your goal is to move that
line of your body out of the path of the attack AND change the
distance of the target from your attacker. Your attacker may be
able to recover from a change in target location or a change in
target distance alone, but changing both factors is
bet. Then, even
if it does connect, the strength of the attack will be greatly diminished.
Moving along an imaginary triangle changes BOTH.
Imagine standing with both feet on the pointed end of a triangle and
facing the bad guy. The other two points of the triangle can either
be in front
of you or
Each of the other triangle points are only about one medium-large step
away from where you are now. One point is found one step forward and to the left. Then
there's another point one step forward and to the right. Behind you one
point of the triangle is one step backward and to the left. The
other point is one step backward and to the right.
All you have to do is step one foot onto either of the two available
triangle points in front of you or behind you. What have you done to
to and the location of the attacker's original target?
You have changed BOTH your direction, and your distance.
Simply bring your other foot up, and you are now at the starting point
of another triangle. Use this concept every time you move and
you will continue to confuse your attacker.
TIP #4 - ALWAYS ADVANCE WHEN
YOU SHOULD RETREAT
During a fight, as during a game of chess, the experienced player
is already planning the second or third move before the first one
In fact, many of the experienced fighters' moves are used solely to
get the opponent
to react in a predetermined manner.
Fight you own instinct and do not back up.
Your instinct is wrong!
For example, imagine I am throwing a flurry of jabs at you. In my mind,
I "know" exactly what you are going to do: backpedal to escape
my vicious attack.
In fact, I am counting upon you backpedaling into that corner behind
you, then I'll pound you into a liquid, right? How surprised am I going
step forward, along your trusty triangle, and not backward?
I would be very surprised because you are not "supposed" to step into
a savage attack; You are "supposed" to step away from it.
Look at this scenario. You've just stepped forward along the triangle.
While your attacker is busy trying to adjust his thinking to handle this unexpected
event you are now inside his defenses. You now have access to
his unprotected ribs, armpit, neck, head, abdomen, flank, and knee
-- Suddenly YOU have a
virtual smorgasbord of targets.
That's when you slip back to using tip #2:
Smash anything HARD against something made of bone,
Strike anything you have with a point at something soft.
All of these tips are simple common sense. If you are smart you'll never
have to use them because SMART people never put themselves in situations which
may become violent.
As I see it, the goal of your self-defense training is to have the
ability to utterly destroy another person, but the foresight to avoid
might have to demonstrate that ability.
I want you to carry these tips in your hip pocket,
just in case -- just in case.