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Remember the 3 Ns: Knees, Nuts, Kneck.
If you are at a distance when the attacker comes at you - kick a knee hard, straight on, sweep if from the side, or even from behind & down s/he'll go.
If it's a guy, as shown in the images above, go for the nuts - hit those tender bits with your foot or knee & he'll double over in pain.
The Neck is the most vulnerable part on any person - hit it hard between the chin & collarbone to inhibit breathing, or chop it from the side with tremendous force to momentarily stop blood flow (& perhaps KO the person).11
Sorta? I used to take Taekwondo. I got as far as red belt (I believe after red is brown and then black; I so close! 😢😆)
Anyways! I took tkd and I learned a lot of self defense moves there as well as maneuvers for breaking free or getting away. Can’t say I’ve really had to utilize these, thank goodness11
All my life, I've been constantly surrounded and trained by skilled men. I have an Air Force dad, a Navy brother, a Marine brother and a Coast Guard Reserve boyfriend-turned-husband who's also an MMA Instructor. I "must have learned" somethings, right? ;) Lol.41
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I wrestled in high school and even do club in college. I fenced some too. I wrestled Co-ED and I’ve wrestled a lot of girls so I have a lot of experience wrestling the opposite gender if I need to defend myself. I remember when I wrestled in my spandex singlet I felt really vulnerable bc we didn’t wear cups and the girls I wrestled hit me in the package a lot even in tournaments when it wasn’t legal but that’s ok because I really liked the challenge and I am really strong. In college club after HS we competed with other colleges but since it was a club there was no ref it was more casual and pin based/submission based I wrestled a lot of girls in that and they would try to grab us guys there and stuff a lot to get an advantage but I enjoyed it even if our singlets were a bit vulnerable I told my female partners to not shy from going for me there in club so I could learn how to dodge that attack in the future I am considering trying Krav maga too. As someone with a self defense background did you ever go for this area when you wrestled?0
I have a black belt in tae kwon do, Brown belt in Karate,
Minimal King fu training and minimal boxing training.74
I know that if someone tried to grab me or anything when im walking alone I should kick then in the nuts and attack their faces. Go for their eyeballs. Also use my elbow to hit them if they are behind me.26
Yes, I took TKD and Wrestling when I was younger. Honestly though most fights are won by being first to strike without remorse.
Pretty much every actual fight I've been in takes less than 30 seconds.
Lately I've been more into classic boxing, simple and reliable.11
I've been doing muay thai for 5 years now unfortunately we don't have belts i really wish we had it really sounds badass to say i have a black belt in.. 🤦🏻♂️😂11
I don't know self defense like these situations, but I know how to fight and usually hangout with a friend who's a freak in that sort of thing so who ever decides to rob is is up for a trip to the hospital11
Yes. Part of my martial arts training is basic self defense. If necessary I could break someone's arm. Seeing as ai have a low belt level I would get in less trouble for doing it than those who are red belt or above.13
Yeah I do, I have my black belt I. Tung Soo Do and Jujitsu, as well as the title of among the top 5 best fighters in my karate school.13
I'd like to, it could make me feel safer but I'd say this is essential for girls to learn though11
I do, it's called a pistol and I don't leave home without it.19
I just start coughing and say "fucking covid, sorry did you ask for my wallet?"23
I have a marksman for a father and 2 younger brothers. haven't been 'trained' but I can hold my own21
Not really, I have a problem of blacking out and just going crazy lol21
yup i do... Its not a smart move to attack me... Additionally because i am a concealed carry person in my state.11
Well, good luck to whoever (whoever means, any human being) dares attack me.15
Nope but self-Defense is something i should of took13
I used to box. I usually just trust people to leave me alone. (I am two meters tall. I am not a typical target for a physical altercation.)11
Or just carry a handgun and train with it every once in awhile. Thats what people who are realistic do (like myself)13
"crack" to the Nut Sack. Women are supposed take heel of the hand upper cut his nose. If he is on crack, he won't feel a shot to nut sack11
I'm a black belt in karate so yes I can self defense if I need to.15
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18 years plus, experience in Martial Arts and self defence against unarmed and armed attackers whether that be 1, 2 or groups
also highly trained in weapons use and defence...
i got to Brown belt in my style, Shotodo Karate, which oddly enough is a freestyle mixed martial art based on Karate but encompassing
Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Jujitsu, Karate
2 styles of Karate and 2 styles of Kung Fu are part of those so technically 6 styles in total, and then street defence
and have to say that it has allowed me to survive a fair few encounters with people over the years... one of which was a guy who's notorious for carrying a firearm illegally, the others were attackers who carried knives and some bats etc... and groups of attackers...
which the only time i got injured was either at training as i refused to use padding (as was optional in the style for my age group and level) and when i was caught of guard by 2 attackers from behind... which attempted to use a 4 foot wooden gate post with a 12 inch nail sticking out the end to take my head off, they hit be over the back of the head (never wear earbuds while out) the impact on my head practically blinded me temporarily and badly blurred my vision, my training kicked in though which saved my life... a follow up strike to the face had it not... would have not only smashed my face up but also the protruding nail would have impaled itself into my brain...
but as i said training instinct kicked in, i reacted to the threat which i didn't see coming with a double forearm block, they were about to follow up with a third but i believe that they were disturbed, however by this time i could just make out the images of blurriness and they weren't exactly quiet after i found since one of my earbuds came out in the initial strike...
they fleed and cos i wasn't able to react quick enough out of frustration i forearm striked a concrete fence post and knocked it mostly over, this coupled with the impack doing the block as well may have damaged a few nerves in my arm, i went to A&E after being sent there by my manager as i was still struggling to see properly and couldn't use my hand properly...
the doc at A&E did X-Ray's and said i had nerve damage, in my right arm and hand, severe concussion from the impact on back of the head and a cut on the left side of my temple which was where the nail had scratched, had i not have blocked it it would have gone through the skull into my brain at an angle and possibly would have either killed or made me in to vegetable
You have sooooooo much experience. I am so jealous
like any martial artist you never truly become a master, as there are so much still to learn
At what age you started practicing.
That was a terrible experience you had, I don't think I would live to tell the tale if I face such encounters
@Tstrbrainer originally i did 2 weeks of Goshan Karate, until i got knocked on my head as a kid, that was 1 week of traditional kung fu but got bored of that
they were around 12-13 years of age... but apart from a period of self teaching basics and conditioning to do the splits etc at 14-15, my real training didn't start until i was around 21-22
luckily for me a lot of my experience before martial arts was through direct experience with knife attackers, thugs, bullies and even had a couple of people with guns threaten me... they expected me to be scared but oddly enough i was more calm than i ever had been even at times where i was relaxing
You are lucky to maintain your calmness.
So I think its not too late for me to start practicing.
Any advice on increasing flexibility? I always wanted to do splits.
@Tstrbrainer the calmness comes as part of the training, the quality and what is taught if you lose your cool you end up running risk of killing someone and then cos of that training you can also run the risk of taking a heavier and longer punishment in the eyes of the law
tbh it's never too late, i've seen older people than me start training in martial arts
advice i would give anyone is, dont rush.. condition your body and mind pushing your limits gradually...
if you stretch do it until you feel the tightening then ease gently off... do this several times and remember take the time for your body to recover...
start light and work up...
I taught myself how to do the box splits using 2 skateboards when i was younger... 2 weeks later i was able to drop down into the splits at will, and without any issues... until a few weeks later i injured my left knee and didn't do my stretches as a result and since then i've struggled doing the splits...
Guards, always keep your guard up, or a hand or arm ready to block, dropping the guard and having a lazy arm type of guard where it's dropped down will always leave you open
technique focus on repetative training, practice slow but increase speed over time... this also improves accuracy and power... if you have a friend with focus mits get them to move the mit once in a while depending how confident you are... this will keep you focused on changing conditions
kicks, while it looks good to use high section kicks and while some people can pull it off very well... practically HS kicks are more hassle than they are worth... a High kick can leave you exposed as much as a lazy guard...
so i would recommend kicks no higher than knee height... you can do as much if not more damage this way than you could get away with kicking the head.
and also observation... always be aware of your opponent, their hands, their feet, an opponent will pretty much give away their next attack by how they position their feet and other signs of their posture too...
and never get frustrated... frustration with self or your opponent will only serve to allow you to lose and get injured
if you aren't getting a technique very well ask your instructor, never be afraid to seek advice from them as that is why they are there. never assume you will look bad or inferior to any other student, cos everyone at some point and also many more times during training will have had to ask.
even those black belts still seek advice from their teachers long after they have been fully trained
Thanks a lot. I have a friend who is trained in karaoke and recently he's also into boxing.
When we studied together, he used to give me some tips and when we practiced certain moves, he was always able to anticipate my next move but I could never do that.
@Tstrbrainer one style i would say to avoid is GKR or as it's known Gan Ki Ryu
my mate trained in it and the swap the instructors around every 3 or so months, which tbh is bad practice... they teach techniques which are only effective in movies
and unlike the style i trained in where from 3rd/4th belt you are trained in semi contact sparring until you reach a few higher levels... they teach their lower grades that they can't make contact at all... however... they pretty much use the lower grades as target practice for their black belts...
my mate used to train in one of their classes, while away with work as an archaeologist site worker while he trained on sites... and they swapped over the instructor who brought in his favourite student, a black belt. anytime the lower grades made contact with him they would get bollocked, but each time he struck them it was praised and he came close to turning 90% of the class away as all had injuries from his attacks...
my mate came to me asking for advice.. so i asked him... for info on the guy's attack style, which technique does he favour, which leg/hand etc
then once i knew what he liked i advised him which strategy and group of techniques and how he would fight
even told him what the guys first through 5th attack would be... then told him what he woudl do next, how to combat it, taught him practical defence against that type of fighter...
and told him he will get frustrated by each failed attack to the point he will get angry and start losing control... so here's a few takedowns for each attack... and i got a call after his class finished
asking me if i was able to get transport to where he is over the next couple of days as his instructor and the blackbelt had both become pissed and had a go, so i told him to tell the guy "i would accept a 2v1 sparring, both of them vs me at the same time but they MUST be armed... didn't want it to be unfair" also "to have an ambulance on standby for what may come next"
he told them i was on about turning up that week for the end of week lessons and they transferred to another venue
so disappointed in them tbh felt let down lol
and you're welcome :) but anticipating your opponent's moves comes with experience and practice... knowing how their body is positioned can tell you whether they will do a kick or a punch... if a person favours kicks close the gap and go for the side opposite their kicking leg keeping a guard up to prevent punches to key areas... always stay on the outside, however if you can move quick enough choose the side he/she favours to kick and do a downward block to the thigh as they go to kick, while guard against a punch, another thing that guard down to leg once it has impacted and stopped the kick convert it in to a rising elbow to the jaw or uppercut to the solar plexus
or a back fist to the head, but be careful as i have seen people blinded by a stright to the temple...
most effective technique though i've ever had used against me... is a tap on the head...
it has more of a psychological effect and they will remember that more than a punch in the face
cos it is saying "I could have hit you but chose not to and nothing you do could have stopped it"
an opponent used that against me once, and we met up a decade or so later and we both remembered that moment clearly