• Use the hand you write with.
• Make a fist with your thumb outside, not tucked inside. If it’s tucked inside your fist, when you punch someone, you might break your thumb. The thumb goes across your fingers, not on the side.
• Don’t be like in the movies—don’t aim for the face. Face punches don’t usually stop people, and you can miss when they duck their head or break your hand on their jaw. If you want to get away quickly, or end a fight, aim for the chest, or the ribs. If you really want to do some damage, e.g., you’re being attacked, aim for the throat, which will make it hard for your attacker to breathe for a hot minute.
• When you punch, you want to aim and hit with your first two knuckles. Not the flats of your fingers, and not your ring or pinky knuckles, which can break more easily. You can use your weight, if you’re on your feet, to add wallop, and spring into a punch with your feet and torso.
I reblogged this once before to add this and I’ll do it again…
keep your wrist straight.
You can also risk breaking your wrist if you allow it to bend. I actually can’t believe this isn’t in there.
Other good pointers:
- if your attacker is male, go for his junk - especially if he’s wearing loose pants. There’s no sportsmanship when it comes to assault so fuck them balls UP
- punching pretty much ANYWHERE in the face is going to actually hurt you a LOT (just think - you’re punching your bones into their bones and ow). If you’re going for the face, my suggestion is to strick upwards with your palm.
see that meaty portion highlighted in red? There’s a lot of muscle and fat right there which makes it excellent for striking. Hold your hand as shown and aim for the nose or chin (though I’ve been told in extreme circumstances, doing this to the nose can be fatal but I’ve never really heard if this is true or not) and just aim upwards
- other delicate areas:
- the shin (hurts like a bitch if you kick it right - also, you can hit this spot if you’re being held in a choke-hold and if your attacker has to move in order to stop you from kicking him, he’ll have to angle his body so as to expose his stomach and crotch to the wild spastic jabbings of your elbows)
- the solar plexus (either jab while holding your hand in a sort of spear position or use your elbows - unless you’re super strong, your punch probably won’t wind your attacker. Your elbow or a spear hand will, however)
Originally in (most) martial arts, you hit the solar plexus because it supposedly contained an important chakra. Now we know that it actually also contains like a bunch of necessary organs that are exposed just below your ribs and is also (roughly) where your diaphragm lives so getting punched there is not pleasant.
- the clavicle (from experience, getting hit in your clavicle HURTS LIKE A MOTHERFUCKER. If you strike downwards with your knuckles, the person might just cry. Like I did.)
- the ear (this is probably the best place to punch besides the throat. It’s all cartilage so it probably won’t hurt you all that much and most people will be like “DUDE YOU PUNCHED ME IN THE EAR WHAT THE HELL”)
- the kidneys (this is harder to hit without training but if you somehow get your attacker’s back to face you, try to hit’em in the kidneys. Again, from experience, this FUCKING HURTS. You can’t really hit the kidneys from the front with any effect but from the back it is super painful)
- if you’re held in a choke-hold, try turning your head so the forearm isn’t pressed into your throat. If you can position yourself right, you can sort of force your chin into the crook of the elbow, making you able to still receive (limited) oxygen and provide time for you to kick some shins or elbow some spleens and shit
-Also, remember that a guy’s junk is not an off-button. Don’t think that you can rely on a swift kick to the balls to immediately incapacitate him in an emergency. Adrenaline and anger can keep somebody going for a long time even through extreme pain, and if you expect to end a fight with a single groin-attack you might be caught off-guard when he doesn’t drop. Certainly go for it if you get the chance, but keep hitting him until the fight is over.
-Draw blood if you can, especially if you can draw it from the face or the eyes. Blood in the eyes is not just a good way to impair your attacker’s vision, it’s also a really good way to freak them out and let them know that they might be getting more than they bargained for by picking a fight with you.
-Elbows and knees are really powerful weapons. Elbows are very sharp and very strong and if you are in close-range they are often more effective than trying to throw a punch.
-Yelling and shouting makes you scary.
Nothing much to add to this, it’s pretty much all there. So. Reblog. Oh, also, it’s really easy to break a nose - go for the eyes too. All it takes to avoid a shot to the throat is tucking your chin.
Also, that part about the ear - don’t punch. An open hand over the ear hurts a lot.
If you’re able to get both your hands free, I’ve heard that clapping your open hands over both of someone’s ears will disorient them for a few seconds. I’ve never seen it done, but considering how important the inner ear is for things like balance, it makes sense that fucking with that would mess somebody up.
Also, thumb gouge that mofo’s eyeballs.
When going for the throat, don’t rebound. All the force will actually go to their throat and probably kill them. (Unless that’s what you’re going for, but in most situations you just want to incapacitate them long enough to get away.)
If you hit the ground, lay on your back, curl up and defend yourself using to kick them. It’s pretty much impossible for them to get you this way and will buy you some time. (Think of a turtle on its shell basically. You might look silly but you have long legs; use them!)
If you end up getting pinned and they’re holding your arms down, bring your arms above your head. Like, yeah they’re on top of you but both of their arms are preoccupied too. Bringing your arms up will drag them up as well and force them to fall (on top of you. Sorry.)
If you’re still pinned and they’re straddling you, spread your legs, put your feet flat on the ground, and use your hips to push them off. The objective is to roll on top of them so you can immediately attack the face. You can do this with even two people on top of you (the exercise was to prove that even if they’re extremely heavy, you can do this. Unless they’re sitting on your stomach and you can’t breathe).
Going for the eyes most likely won’t blind them. Apparently people won’t go for the eyes because they’re afraid of permanent damage, but just a light jab will freak them out. And if your attacker has glasses on, slide your thumbs right under their glasses.
You can use your weight against them. If they try to pick you up, you can force yourself down. Stomping on their foot can break bones. (Don’t go for the toes, they’re not necessary. Go for the actual foot.)
And if they’re behind you (idk trying to pick you up), go for the kneecaps. It’s extremely painful and if you actually break/dislodge it, apparently the knees will never be the same. This is in Really Emergency situations though; you can probably get sued if you cause permanent damage (according to my teacher).
Don’t be afraid to yell. It attracts attention and shows that you’re not going to back down and surrender. More likely than not if it’s a random attack, yelling NO in their face will get them to go away. This is usually the first step to take before you get into fight mode because it’s the safest.
Try to take preemptive measures, like not walking alone in the dark. If you must listen to music, take one earbud out and keep an eye out at all times. Having a cellphone on hand is likely to distract you, even if you’re talking to someone to ease yourself. Of course, it’s not foolproof. (There’s a short dark path in the woods on my campus, and the walk literally takes 3 minutes, but so many people have been assaulted there. The long way would’ve taken 10 minutes but it’s brightly lit. I’m brave but not enough to take that path at night.)
Do be aware. Even if you can’t take classes/they’re not offered, you can youtube simple defense moves like how to get out of someone’s grip.
If you’re a victim, it’s not your fault. No one wants to be in this situation.
Any time you are being held, all force should push against the thumbs. If you are being held in a grip and can reach their hand, wrap your whole hand around their thumb and pull it back towards their elbow. They can’t hold you without the thumb, and the hand will follow your pull. If someone grabs your wrists, you should twist your arms with a downward motion, putting your full force against the thumb.
Use your head. No, really. If an attacker has their face up close to yours (especially if they’re behind you or to the sides), give them a good headbutting. The back of your skull is easily capable of breaking someone’s nose (especially if they’re leaning towards you) without giving you much more than a small bruise. Just remember the strongest parts of your skull (the parts covered with hair) should be hitting the weakest part of their skull (the parts with skin showing, preferably where eyes and nose are).