In the martial arts today many systems or styles have turned into a sport and focus heavily on competition. As a result, much of the training focus is on sporting technique and athleticism. While that is all fine and dandy, these sports are not optimized for self-defense nor hand to hand combat. Sport fighting techniques lack destructiveness or the capacity to do immediate damage. Ideally the techniques your practice should be destructive, easy to learn, easy to maintain with minimal practice time and should do immediate damage per each blow. If your goal is self defense then you should focus on techniques that are potential fight stoppers (what I call finishing moves) and the training method of practicing your techniques on dummies (so you can strike aggressively and with hitting power without holding back or fear of injuring someone in practice.
In this article I am going to mention a few examples of finishing moves that are not often taught or practiced frequently in sport martial arts. This will not be a comprehensive list, only a few examples. If you want more info on more destructive self-defense techniques then sign up for The Complete Self-Defense System.
1- Side Kick- A very underutilized technique that is fast and very powerful. Could be thrown to the shin to cause pain or better yet to the kneecap to dislocate the leg and take out the footwork.
2- Ear Slap- Another very destructive technique. You strike the ear with a cupped hand blowing out the ear drum and disorient a attacker as a result.
3- The Finger Jab- A Gung Fu technique where you position you hand and fingers in a spear tip shape and thrust your fingers into the eye or throat.
4- The Knife Hand- One of the most underutilized techniques ever!! This amazing technique is very destructive yet also very versatile. This strike will do damage to any part of the body and can be thrown at many angles and combinations.
This is a small example of fighting techniques optimized for your self-defense goals.
Family Safety and Self-Defense Institute Certified Self Defense Trainer.
Ps If you are in the west Puerto Rico area I can introduce you to the basics of self defense in a free 1 hour private lesson.
There are many training methods out there from the martial arts and the self defense industries. While all of them have some merit, a realistic and practical self defense program for the average joe should utilize training methods that could develop your skills fast!! One training method according to The Family Safety and Self Defense Institute and implemented by Total Fighting Self Defense here in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico as the primary training method is training on practice dummies. There are various types of training dummies but the two preferred dummies by The Family Safety and Self Defense Institute are the heavy bag and the BOB training dummy. If you don't have access to either of these two or can't afford either one than a pillow will suffice (to practice your strikes). There are many benefits for practicing on training dummies and they are as follows:
1- Many avg Joes don't have access to training partners so training on dummies can be done solo at your house.
2- Dummies don't require much space so you can practice in a small room.
3- Dummies can take a beating so you can practice with full speed and power without holding back or injuring it.
4- You develop hitting power. A crucial attribute.
5- You can experiment with different combinations at high, medium, and low lines
As you can see the primary training method should be practice on striking dummies or a hitting surface such as a pillow with occasional practice with training partners for partners drills and sparring (If you have a training partner of course.)
Till next time,
Ricky, FSI Certified Self Defense Trainer
P.S. you can see the dummy striking practice, partner drills and more when you sign up for The Complete Self Defense System.
I keep hearing all this talk about how best to deal with gun violence so allow me to give some input. First off, Gun Control does not work. Banning or limiting guns will not get guns out of criminal hands because they will not follow the law. They don't care, they just want to win and get away with murder. Besides they would simply go to the black market and get their guns anyways. Rules and regulations are just pen and paper so creating more laws will not stop the violent because they don't follow the law. Depending on the police to save you from violence is not enough because it will take around 20 minutes or more for the police to arrive while it will take a bad guy less than a few minutes to commit their violent acts. By the time the police arrived it will be too late.
So what are the solutions to the violence problem? Allow me to make some suggestions:
1- Take a self-defense course that covers basic hand to hand combat and personal safety skills such as The Complete Self Defense System.
2- Buy some security systems for your home and place of business. Also get into the habit of closing and locking windows and doors. Set up your alarms and close your garage doors.
3- Buy a self-defense weapon and get training on how to use it. (If you are in the western Puerto Rico area, I can train you in most self-defense weapons usage except for guns.)
4- Develop a multi-layered personal safety plan. The strategy should have a plan a b c etc. Your strategy should be like an onion that has multiple layers to peel away before you reach the core.
During a fight you will experience heavy stress from the adrenaline which will cause your breathing to get heavier, your ability to think will become more difficult, and your muscles will tense up. Because of this unless you trained decades in advanced hand to hand combat, you will revert to basic techniques in a fight. Because of the effects of adrenaline, it is important to keep your strikes, blocks, footwork and trapping simple and basic. More often than not for the average joe, fancy jump kicks and spinning heel kicks fly out the window but a simple palm strike to the face, a side kick to the knee, or a hard hook punch to the jaw will do plenty of damage. So when you practice on a dummy, use basic strikes and practice hitting with power in your strikes. Also experiment with different combinations with your strikes. You can learn more about striking by training with me personally or by signing up for The Complete Self Defense System.