Basic Self Defense Moves: For Your Safety

Violence has been increasing in the US and around the world; especially in the last two decades. Many are financially hurting and that means some will become desperate and try to take money and food from others. However, we don’t have to become victims of those who want to take what we have; we can learn self defense moves such as unarmed combat methods and be more proficient on how to safely handle firearms.

One defense move that works well is gouging a person’s eyes. This is probably one of the easiest and safest techniques to use when you find yourself in a precarious situation. This method works the best by spreading your fingers out, so that you can hit a person’s eyes and then jabbing quickly at their face. Their first reaction will be to move back; which will give you an opportunity to punch them hard in the stomach or to run away. By gouging their eyes, you can permanently disable them; perhaps for the rest of their lives. Practice this move in front of a mirror by aiming for your own eyes. This will give you a better idea of how to aim for a person’s eyes.

Another defense move is slapping a person’s ear. Grab or hit their ears and it will shock them. By slapping a person’s ears, it will cause them great pain and will put them off balance and allow you to attack again or run quickly away; if possible.

Hitting a person’s throat is another effective defensive move. Keep in mind, a person’s throat is a very fragile and vulnerable place to attack. Hitting a person hard in the throat can potentially cause damage to the throat. Some defense experts say to only do this if you or someone else’s life is in extreme danger.

Biting is another defense move and works best if you are struggling with a person on the ground; where you are in close range with him or her. A person’s skin is extremely sensitive and the pain of the bite may cause him to retreat or give you time to get away. It is important to note that biting could either give you an infection or give an infection to someone else.

Still another defensive move is breaking someone’s fingers. Fingers can be broken easily and can cause great pain. To make this work, grab ahold of their finger, bend their fingers as far back as possible and do it quickly. This will prevent them from using their hands and in the meantime, try gouging their eyes or anything else that will cause them pain.

Another defensive move is using the heel of your palm to strike up under his nose. This is most effective by throwing the entire weight of your body into the move. This will cause a great deal of pain and force him to loosen his grip on you.
It is important to note that a person’s knee is another defensive target and quite vulnerable to pain. A person’s knee is vulnerable from many angles and can be easily kicked without the risk of your foot being grabbed. Kicking the side of the knee will cause injury to your attacker and may even incapacitate him. By kicking the front of the knee, you can cause more injury but it may not cause the person to become imbalanced.

Everyday objects that you and I carry around with us; can also be used as self-defensive objects. If an attack occurs outside, toss some dirt of sand into an attacker’s eyes or spray perfume or hairspray into an attacker’s eyes. If you have an umbrella handy, use it to slap them across the face or hit them in the groin.

Most importantly, prevention is the best way to defend yourself from an attack. Keep in mind; attackers are looking for vulnerable targets. Several safety tips will prevent you from being in harm’s way such as keeping your keys in your hand as you approach your car or door, changing your route and times of travel, parking in well-lit areas and always being aware of your surroundings. Self-defense classes can be very helpful because they can show you various defensive measures; measures that will help you feel less vulnerable and anxious in public.

There are many benefits in knowing how to defend yourself such as strengthening your muscles, improving your balance and coordination and getting a good heart workout. Self-defense classes are also effective in improving your physical and mental state; as well as increasing your flexibility and stamina. These group classes can also give you an opportunity to meet with new people and develop new friendships.

To conclude, defense moves can be helpful and may save your life or the life of someone you love. Check out some self defense classes, practice some or all of the above moves and find the peace and joy that will come; knowing you are prepared should an attack occur near or away from your home. A site that is helpful in choosing a self defense training program is End The Fight Now. There you will find reviews of several different programs. It’s important that you get some kind of training so it doesn’t matter which program you choose, as long as you get some training.

 

Eleven Top Fighting Styles

Martial arts is one of the oldest and most popular sports in the world. It is a full-combat type of sport whereby the participants are allowed to use various techniques such as grappling and striking at the same time to beat their opponents. There has always been a huge debate about the best fighting style used in this type of sport. There are so many styles used to overpower the opponents in this sport but you are about to discover what is considered the best and deadliest of all.

Boxingboxing

This has always been a crucial skill for any fighter. It is usually characterized by the throwing of fists towards the opponents with the intention of striking them. Boxing has been a popular sport in Greece from the early 675 BC and since then, it has evolved to suit the fighting trends of modern fighters.

Freestyle wrestling

This technique originated from the Great Britain. Here, the fighters use their legs to attack their opponents. They may also use their opponent’s leg for attack or defense. In mixed martial arts, fighters win using this technique by ensuring that the shoulders of their opponents touch the mat or ground.

Muay ThaiMuay Thai

This deadly fighting style originated from Thailand and it is all about striking and clinching the opponent. It consists of eight lethal points that include knee strikes, punches, elbows and kicks. Most MMA fighters use this technique because of its ability to knock out the opponent with a single blow especially when in close proximity.

Judo

This famous Japanese technique mainly focuses on throws, grappling and take downs. The main idea of judo is to subdue the opponent through joint twisting or strangling. Judo is very effective when the fighter lands on the opponent, therefore providing enough room for the exchange of blows and elbow strikes.

Brazilian Jui JitsuBrazilian Jui Jitsu

Brazilian Jui Jitsu, also known as BJJ, mainly revolves around grappling and ground fighting. MMA fighters count on this technique to lock the joints of their opponent or choke them to forceful submission. This style gives fighters an added advantage when they are on the ground facing their opponents. While on the ground facing upwards, a sweep is good enough to take down the standing opponent using this technique.

Greco-Roman wrestling

This old technique was considered to be part of Olympic sports in 1896. The fighters who use it are not allowed to touch their opponents anywhere below their waistline. It is mostly used to push the opponents against the wall or cage, therefore making it easier to strike them to the ground.

Sprawl and brawl

The sprawl and brawl technique is usually done when both fighters are standing. Fighters use sprawls to protect themselves from being knocked down. They also train how to avoid or escape submission when taken down by their opponents with this fighting style.

Ground and pound

Just like the name suggests, it is all about taking the opponents to the ground and pounding them until they surrender. The opponents can be subdued with hammer fists, elbows and fists. Even though this tactic is relatively new in MMA, it has gained popularity over the past few years. It prevents opponents from recovering after being taken down to the ground, therefore leaving them with no other choice than to surrender.

Jeet Kune DoJeet Kune Do

This was the late Bruce Lee’s most favorite fighting tactic. It revolves around the philosophy of freeing yourself against the opponent. It was developed by Bruce Lee back in 1967. It is usually characterized by minimal movements with great speed and maximum effects. It can be used to kick, trap, punch or grapple the opponent. Bruce Lee described this style as the art of fighting without actually fighting. He was referring to its characteristic minimal movements and deadly strikes.

Sanshou

Sanshou is an old Chinese fighting style that is mostly used for self defense and hand-to-hand combat with an opponent. This style does not allow submissions or grappling since it mainly focuses on kicking, punching and knee strikes. It is mostly effective when the opponent is close enough to the fighter. Unlike other techniques, Sanshou is less popular in most parts of the world except China where it was invented by military officers.

Kyokushin Karate

This is considered the best and most dreaded MMA technique today. If executed perfectly, it is capable of knocking the opponent out of the competition with little or no resistance at all. It involves a flying kick that targets the head. The technique requires a lot of patience, power and precision to target the head of the opponent and knock them out with a single strike.

These are the most common fighting styles used in mixed martial arts. Most of them originated from Asian countries but they are quickly gaining popularity all over the world. If you are interested in becoming a martial artist, then you need to learn these eleven techniques that will take down your opponent without resistance.

Popular Submission Moves

The sport of Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, has come a long way in the last two decades. A lot of people are into it and watch it religiously, but still not a lot of people actually understand the various strategies, moves, holds, and rules. The fights can end in several ways. One is by knockout, like in boxing, another is by the referee’s score card, which is in boxing as well. The last way is by submission, when a fighter ‘taps out’, telling the ref he has had enough and wishes the fight to end. Tap outs are the result of the ground game, something boxing never had. It is like wrestling and boxing combined into one sport, where you can win by knockout or by your ground moves.

Choke Holds

a MMA choke holdThere are several types of submission or fighting moves used in MMA. The first is the Anaconda Choke, which is a submission that is quickly gaining in popularity. It starts when a fighter gets into a sprawling position and grabs his opponent in a headlock. Then they lower their other arm below the combatant’s neck and behind his arm and basically lock him up. Then he pushes downward causing both fighters to fall and roll over. The fighter then twists his opponent’s head and squeezes it into their own body, causing great pain and forcing the fighter to tap out.

Another common submission move is the Arm Triangle Choke. In this move, the performer uses their forearm with their opponent’s arm to cut off the air or blood to their foe. By squeezing a forearm into his opponent’s neck, he cuts off the circulation. There are many other choke holds that are used during fights, including the Guillotine Choke, Neck Crank, the Rear Naked Choke, and the Triangle Choke to name a few of the important ones. All choke holds are basically used to cut off the flow of blood and or air, to a certain part of the opponent’s body. This will render them helpless and force them to tap out and end the fight, or risk severe and permanent injury.

Arm Locks

arm bar

Another set of fighting moves that are regularly used are Arm Locks. Possibly the most common type of submission move is simply called the Arm Bar. This is where a fighter uses his hand to trap an opponent’s arm, and uses his other hand to hold his opponent close to him. Next they use their leg to wrap around their opponent’s back, and use their other leg to try and wrap around the neck. Then they attempt to pull the captured arm inwards and push their legs outward at the same time, effectively locking the other fighter’s arm in place, basically tying him up so he cannot move it at all. It is excruciatingly painful, and feels like the arm is about to be ripped out or broken, causing the fighter who is unlucky enough to be in the Arm Bar to tap out. Other types of Arm Locks are the Arm Bar from the Guard, Arm Bar from the Mount, the Keylock, the Kimura from the ground, the Omoplata, and the Wristlock. The Omoplata is used by many Brazilian fighters, and puts unbearable pressure on the shoulder, and can also do severe damage to the elbow if applied with enough pressure. A Wristlock is just what it sounds like, and although rarely used, it has been known to end fights for fear of having the wrist broken.

Leg Locks

leglock or kneelock

The next big category of fighting moves used by a lot of MMA fighters are Leglocks. There are also many types of these including the Ankle Lock, the Flying Scissor Heel Hook, the Heel Hook, the Inside Heel Hook, the Knee bar, and the Toe Hold. The ultimate goal of a Leglock is to take out or disable the opponent’s legs and the mobility of their legs. If they can’t kick, they can’t attack or defend, and if rendered immobile, they are at the mercy of their opponent. This is accomplished in several different ways, but concentrates on attacking the legs at their weakest points. The knees, the ankles, and the toes are prime targets for these moves. No matter how big an opponent, if you take out one of his knees or ankles, he is unable to stand and the old saying ‘The bigger they are the harder they fall’ applies in this case. Ankles are probably the weakest point of all, and can be easily twisted and broken with the proper leverage and weight being applied to the correct place and direction.

Here’s a nice video that demonstrates some of the best submission holds – enjoy!

MMA fighters are constantly coming up with new ways to win fights. Most fights are decided by the ground fighting moves instead of a straight knockout, so fighters are always training in wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu, and other martial arts techniques.