Ways to deal with self-defense situations
- Stun and run
- Stun and control
- Stun and use deadly force
When learning self-defense techniques, remember there are some things a real attacker will probably never use:
- Attack from a low, traditional stance.
- Use a straight punch.
- Use a knife hand attack
- Use a hammer fist to the top of the head.
- Punch or kick from such a distance that the arm or leg stops, at full extension, before it hits your body.
- Punch or kick from such a distance that the fist or foot only touches you.
- Punch over your head or past your shoulder.
- Punch, then leave the arm where it stopped.
- Swing only once.
- Attack from a distance that makes kicks possible.
- Forget that he or she has another hand.
- Grab you, then stand there.
- Grab you, then release you when you begin your counter-technique.
- Be afraid to touch you.
- Allow you to keep your balance so you can perform your technique.
When learning self-defense techniques, remember there are some things a real attacker will probably use:
- An unannounced attack from a person who is larger and stronger than you are.
- A sucker punch, from the rear hand that comes from over the shoulder.
- A grab and yank, often accompanied by a punch.
- A punch that goes through you, with body weight behind it.
- A dive or tackle.
- A shove.
- A hair grab accompanied by a punch or knee.
- A scooping groin kick.
- A blinding array of punches until he or she goes down or wins.
- An instant struggle to grab you again, should you escape the first grab.
- An ongoing effort to keep you off-balance.
- The mass of his or her body bearing on you all the time.
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