I've been getting some great responses about when you all would be willing to fight. Lots of you have put a significant amount of thought into the questions I asked in the last post which has been super cool. Keep it coming. (If you missed that one you can check it out here)
For this post, I wanted to dispell a myth real quick. Some of you may find out this Christmas that Santa isn't real... oops sory. But what you're also going to find out is that the crotch shot is not nearly as effective as you think. Over the years I've heard from several women that if they ever got attacked they'd just kick him in the nuts.
It's not a terrible plan and if it's all you've got, use it, but it's also not the best plan because so many things can go wrong.
First of all, that area is pretty easy to defend. Guys practice their whole life protecting the family jewels and it's a natural instict. Secondly, It's a small target that is pretty well protected from most angles. You've got to be in just the right position in order to do damage. Lastly, a shot to the boys should give your attacker a significant amount of well deserved pain but that's all it does and if he's drunk, high, or pumped up with adrenaline, he may not even feel it till tomorrow which is too late for you.
The self-defense techniques that you will want to learn are ones that provide pain compliance as well as structural control which goes beyond pain and works weather it hurts your oponent or not. Our goal in all of this is to get the most amount of pain and structural control for the least amount of effort.
I'd like to give you three targets that are actually better than a kick to the gonads.
Number 1: Eyes
Put that georgeous manacure and those acrilyc nails to good use. Attacking the eyes often off balances your opponenet and offers a step beyond pain compliance. If you take out his eyes, it doesn't matter if he has a high paint threshold, he wont be able to see you which will give you a chance to escape. The face in general is extremely sensative and full of pressure points. Scratch, claw, and dig at the eyes and face. This will give you pain compliance and depending on how well you do it, you might get some structural control as well.
Number 2: Knees
God made our knees to bend 1 way. If you are attacked and you force you're attackers knees to bend any of the ways that God didn't intend them to bend, he's going to have a tough time chasing you down. His structure will collapse and it will take a skilled doctor to get him back up and running again. A knee attack offers pain compliance as well as a step beyond. I'd recomend attacking the sides of the knees. Knees are weaker resisting side to side movement than they are resisting front to back movement. Using a downward kick to the side of your attackers knees, you can easily damage the tendons in the knee which is not only painful but will demobilize your attacker no matter what his pain tollerance is.
Number 3: Ears
This one, is a favorite of mine because it's extremely easy and super effective. I look for techniques that take little to no strength and provide maximum results and this one is awesome. Make a cup with your hand similar to what you'd do if you were scoping water out of a bucket. With your hand cupped strike the attacker on the side of his head. Imagine that your hand is full of air and take the air and shove it into bad guys ear.
This technique does not take a lot of force so be careful with it if you are practicing. You can practice on yourself but start slow and work you're way up so that you don't hurt yourself. This strike, when done quickly and with intent, can be extremely painful for the attacker but it also has the capability to damage the inner ear which affects vision and balance.
Remember that when we talk about self-defense we are talking about violence and it should only be used in defense. While it may seem harsh to intentionally take away someones vision or tear their ACL, it's worth it if it saves your life. I talked about that a bit in the last post which you can check out here.
You are worth protecting and you don't have to ever allow someone to hurt you or take advantage of you. I hope that these posts empower you and give you knowledge that brings confidence and self-worth. That's my goal.
Send questions and comments my way! I enjoy hearing from you all.
Merry Christmas and If I don't see you before next Friday, Have a Happy New Year too.
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