Top 5 Self Defense Targets: End any attack using these destructive targets

Goal-focused self-defense training is the key to a successful self-defense system. Knowing which targets to focus on and how to attack them is really the nut and bolt of any successful combat system. This is where many martial arts are compared to a self-defense system. Martial arts often focus too much on fine motor skills techniques that are wonderful to look at and extremely difficult to master, but are unfortunately less effective than some simple self-defense moves.

The real secret of self-defense is to know which goals are the most sensitive, distracting and painful. Before I list the top 5 keep in mind that you should never develop targeting (focusing on the target alone is your only hope to stop the attacker). You need to be able to easily change goals as the fight or quarrel progresses. More on this later …

Top 5 Goals:

  1. Groin: This is no big surprise though it is often overlooked. Most battles will start with the right hammer. A good fighter will go straight to a valuable target like the groin (if it is not protected). The groin is an effective target because of the extreme pain and involuntary reaction it is men. From a good shot to the groin it is almost impossible not to double over. This makes it a perfect combination of sensitive, distracting and painful.
  2. Eyes: Eyes are a great target because they are our principle understanding used in combat. Striking the eyes also causes an emotional response in the attackers because it is such a valuable target. Eye gauze immediately causes water in the eyes, blurring vision for a second, allowing you to move the upper arm. An eye attack should only be attempted if the eyes are insecure. They are especially effective when the attacker is busy grabbing his shirt or shoulder with his hands. Just strike the eyes instead of fighting its grip.
  3. Throat: The throat is a particularly sensitive and sensitive part of the body. Often the natural instinct in a fight or self-defense situation is to strike the head. This is great if you land a knockout punch, but chances are you won’t. Aim for the throat instead. It’s soft (you don’t bust the knuckles), damaging (you can cut off its air supply), and can quickly end a fight (attacking the neck can result in a knockout). Best of all, the throat strike is very distracting even if it’s not fully executed (I can prove it … just press your toe to the spot under your Adam’s apple, not very comfortable to say yes at least).
  4. Ears: This sounds a little vague but the ears are a great self-defense target (and I don’t mean a Tyson ear bite). A slap on the ear can be a very damaging and extremely painful strike. An ear slap will not hurt your hand (as will punch), if it is run well it will blow the ear drum, causing a lot of pain, temporary hearing loss and dizziness. This certainly meets the criteria of vulnerability (it requires minimal strength to do large amounts of damage), distracting and painful.
  5. Knee: So far I have only mentioned the targets that will distract and cause pain so that you can avoid the attacker by using the distraction and running. The knee is a target that can easily prevent an attacker from following you or continuing any type of attack. The knees are not very strong joints. Yes they carry us around all day so they are strong in two directions but they are very sensitive when struck in the right place.

The good news is that people rarely protect their knees. Only an experienced martial artist (not your average street thug) will effectively defend his weak knee. The trick is to strike the inside of the knee. This is the most sensitive part of the joint. A well-distributed strike on the inside of the knee will pull some of the ligaments and tendons in the knee and eliminate its ability to walk, run, or stand. This makes it a complete self-defense target.

This target is especially good if you are caught later. You can strike the inner knee with your heel. The front of the knee is also effective, but requires more force.

3 principles for using goals effectively:

  1. All of these targets have different self-defense scenarios (when caught from behind, caught face to face, from the punching range, etc.).
  2. Always learn to scan attackers or quarrelsome partners for open targets, this will constantly change during self-defense situations.
  3. Always follow one high value target strike with another (it may be the same target but not always). For example, if the groin strike doubles the attacker, take this moment to deliver an ear slap or elbow to the back of the neck. The point is, you should never expect a strike to end a fight, no matter how brilliantly it is run. Strike until he is unable (on the ground, or you have a real chance to escape).

These are universal principles. Goals should be at the center of any good self-defense or combat system. As a self defense industry leader I have my own system that I learn, but these principles should be the basis of any system. How do I know this? Over the years I have met and worked with many martial arts black belt instructors, bar room bouncers, military special forces personnel from some countries, defense contractors, police chiefs and high profile security guards. Although everyone’s teaching style and set of strikes was different, they all focus too much on goals (because goals are the real key). Think about it, fancy punch is just a fancy punch until it comes to the right place. Every self-defense tool known to man is useless unless it hits the right target.

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