Self-Defense can’t be taught overnight. But, there are self-defense moves that you CAN learn overnight. Check out these five self-defense moves that every woman should know, and be prepared for anything.
1. Strike To The Throat
By targeting pressure points, you can do serious damage to an attacker. Hitting an attacker in a vulnerable spot means you can stun him long enough to get away.
The throat is one of the best pressure points to hit because it’s a larger, more accessible target than an eye or other areas. It’s also surprisingly sensitive. Have you ever accidentally been hit in the throat? If you have, you probably remember how bad it felt. It’s enough to stun someone, even if they happen to be much larger or stronger than you.
You can use several different techniques when you aim for the throat. With all of them, aim for the lower part of the throat, somewhere below the adam’s apple and above the clavicle. You can go straight for the throat with a punch or with an object (a pen, stick or anything nearby), but you get the most damage if you come from the side.
For example, take your right hand and hold your fingers together, keeping your palm down and your hand parallel to the ground. With an attacker directly in front of you, swing your hand out and to the right, clockwise and still parallel to the ground. You should hit the right side of their neck (your left). You can do this strike with an open hand or a closed fist, and can use whichever hand is easiest.
2. Defending a Wrist Hold
When someone grabs your wrist, getting out should be priority number one. But, how do you get out? Your first reaction might be to pull away, but you’d be wrong. When going against a stronger attacker, pulling away won’t help and might even put you off balance.
Instead of pulling away, squat down. Take your arm (the one being grabbed) and bend your elbow towards your attacker as you lean forward. The motion is upward- it’s as if you’re trying to point your elbow towards the ceiling. Eventually, the attacker won’t be able to hang on to your wrist.
While doing this move, pay attention to your stance. Bending your knees gives you a solid base, preventing your attacker from pulling you forward or pushing you backwards. Even though you need to lean forward a bit, stay low so you don’t lose your base.
3. Defending a Bear Hug
Someone coming from behind and grabbing you in a bear hug is easy to defend, if you know how. As soon as you’re grabbed, squat down. Swing one of your elbows back so it comes in contact with your attacker’s head.
When you throw your elbow, do it with as much force as you can. You may end up knocking out your attacker, or leaving him with a broken nose.
You may not be able to elbow your attacker, but that’s not your last resort. Stomping your feet is surprisingly effective. Stomp on his toes with all of your force, and immediately try to break free. The impact and surprise should be enough to loosen his grip.
As soon as you get free, you can knee to the groin, kick to the knee or just get away. The idea is to get out of your attacker’s grip and to get away.
4. Mount Sweep
When you’re pinned on your back and an attacker is on top of you, you can use a mount sweep to gain the advantage. It’s an intimidating position, but you can use leverage and not brute strength to get out of it.
Grab your attackers right wrist with your right hand. Then, grab his right tricep with your left hand. Use this to pull his arm towards your chest. Put your left foot over his left leg, so you’re pinning his calf to the ground. Using as much energy as you have, lift your hips up and towards your left. Your attacker will easily roll over and you can use the momentum to get on top.
To understand how this move works, imagine a table. Removing both legs from the left side of the table makes it collapse to the left. The same thing happens when you take out the left arm and leg (or right arm and leg) of an attacker.
Once you’re on top, the goal is to get out as quick as possible. You can punch or elbow from this top position, or just get away.
This is one of the easiest submissions to learn, and one of my favorite. I did this move before I knew what it was. If I figured it out, anyone can.
The guillotine can be done from standing position. If an attacker tries to take you to the ground by going for your legs, a guillotine can stop them.
When the attacker comes in to take you down, his head will be exposed. If his head is on your right side, take your right arm and wrap it around his head. With your forearm on his neck and your elbow bent, Squeeze his head between your elbow and forearm. Grab on to your left wrist to make it harder for him to escape.
If you lose your balance, don’t worry. Keep your hands gripped tightly and cut off his airway. As you fall to the ground, wrap your legs around your attacker’s body. This makes the choke tighter.
You can also do a Guillotine if you start out on the ground. It doesn’t work if an attacker is in mount position (sitting on your chest), but does work if you manage to wrap one or both of your legs around him. You do it the same way you would a standing guillotine.
Take your left arm and reach it straight up into the air, to the right of your attacker’s head. Secure his head in your arm by bringing your arm over his head and across his neck. Your arm should be like a noose. To secure the choke, bring your right wrist to your left hand and grab it. Try to press the bone in your forearm against his windpipe, and your guillotine will be tight enough to put him to sleep.
You can never be fully prepared for what life has to throw at you but knowing these five moves gives you an advantage. If you are interested in carrying a weapon for self defense you may want to head over to learn the pros and cons of using a gun.