By: Ali Tahir
This article is inspired by “Victor Lyalko”, an acknowledged martial arts master who wrote a book describing the most effective methods of self-defense to help women if they are attacked in a hostile environment. And, Bright side for the images and summary.
Here are some of the most effective of them.
1. Memorize The Weak Spots
It is irrelevant how big the attacker is, if the vulnerable spots are known. The main ones are as following.
Eyes: If you are invisible to the attacker, you would be harder to grab. A poke or jab to the eyes are extremely painful. This will distract the aggressor enough for you to run away.
Nose: A sensitive area with a lot of nerve endings. You can use the heel of your hands to strike an assailants nose. It will cause enough pain if not to stop an attacker, then win you at least some time to escape.
Ears: Don’t hold back if it is only the ears you can reach to. Tugging on the ear, scratching it, or even biting it will cause much pain and you will be able to escape.
Knees: Knees are sensitive to pain, a good kick to the knee cap can shock an assailant. It can even topple the aggressor if it’s done right.
Ankles: Ankles are quite fragile and sensitive to pain. You can slam an ankle or kick it hard, it may knock a person off balance.
Chest: There are a bundle of nerve endings situated right above the stomach. The spot is called the solar plexus. If punched correctly, the person can lose his breath temporarily giving you enough time to escape. Remember to move your body forward when hitting, otherwise this wont work.
2. Effective and Instant Moves
Catching the wrist. Grab his little finger and ring finger with one hand, and his middle finger and index finger with the other. Pull the fingers in the opposite direction at the same time bending the wrist away from yourself.
If hand cant be held, hit him with a fist or collar bones or into his Adam’s apple. This will allow you to disorient your opponent so that it will take him a long tie to come back to his senses. However, do this only in case of extreme danger, for damaging the throat can seriously injure, or even kill a person.
The most obvious area for an attack is the groin. All self-defense courses advise aiming for this area. Hitting this area will paralyze the attackers and you will have just enough time to escape.
3. If Grabbed From The Front
Move your hand forward and make a fist in front of your pelvis. This will make enough room between you and the attacker, then hit the attacker’s nose with your forehead. This will make him move away from you. Now hit him in the groin with your knee.
4. How To Release Your Hands From A Grip
You can easily escape a stronghold if you remember the rule of thumb. Rotate your hand to the side of the attacker’s thumb. If he is holding your arm tightly, rotate your wrist towards the thumb. When your arm is under the attackers, pull your arm as strongly as you can.
5. If Grabbed From Behind
Attackers often come from the back because this is the easiest way to hold the victim’s arms so that they can’t move them. To set yourself free, quickly bend back and try to hit the attacker with the back of your head. It will make the attacker put one of his legs forward. Now quickly bend own, grab his leg and get up pulling it with you. The attacker will lose balance.
6. If Grabbed From The Side
Hit the attacker’s temple, jaw, or nose with an arched move. The attacker will take a few steps back, now hit him in the bell or chest. Elbow hits are so strong that they will disorient any opponent.
7. If Trapped Against The Wall
It happens very often that the attacker corners the victim or push them against the wall. In this situation it is necessary to remember the “Most Vulnerable Places” we spoke about earlier, and hit one of them depending on your position using either your knee, head or hands, what ever you have a better control over.
We genuinely hope you never have to use these moves, but if in a sticky situation, just remember the vulnerable areas. Stay focused and try not to panic. It is better to practice these with your friends or family for a better chance at self-defense when needed. We hope these guidelines are able to save a life some day. Please help us spread the message in building a safe environment for women of our society.