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.
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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.