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Using Pepper Spray

Posted on | May 2, 2013 | No Comments

 

Imagine this scenario, you are walking home from work late at night and you get the feeling some one is following you. You use the reflection in a store window to sneak a peak behind you and you do notice a man about 15 feet back. It could be coincidence, but you can’t shake the bad feeling you have. You speed up to a brisk pace for a few seconds but another quick glance at a reflection tells you that your stalker has also sped up. You now realize that in your hurry to out distance the man you have left behind any lingering crowds and are now on a empty street. Sure you have some pepper spray in your pocket, but you’ve never had to use it before.

Sound terrifying? It should. The sad thing is that this scenario happens all the time. So what do you do? Your instincts are likely to be screaming at you to run away, and if you are wearing running shoes and are in good shape this is probably the best option. But what if you’re not? What if you’re in horrible shape? Or wearing heels or flip flops? If the guy following you is looking to hurt or rob you then he’s not going to give you the chance to walk all the way to a safe location. Your final option would be to stand and fight. Obviously you will use the pepper spray your carrying, but how? If you just spray it in his general direction and run away will it work? Maybe, maybe not. In order for it to be most effective you need to hit him in the face, preferably the eyes. In order to increase your chances of doing this you need to have a game plan.

1. Shout at the guy to stop following you. You need to make it loud enough that he is sure to hear, as well as any one else in the area. This is for 3 reasons. First of all you are mistaken about him following you, you will make him realize it. Most likely he’ll act embarrassed and walk away muttering about the “crazy person” yelling at him. Second, you cover your legal tracks. If he acknowledges that he herd you (i.e. looking at you when you yelled) and continues to walk toward you, or even starts to rush you, he has legally made himself a threat. Now you have the right to defend yourself in the eyes of the law. Finally if you make and hold eye contact, he’s not likely to see the pepper spray bottle you have in your hand. (You should have retrieved this while still walking.) 

2. Make sure that the criminal does not realize that you have pepper spray. If he does he may be able to doge the spray or snatch the can from you. If the criminal is within a double arms reach of you (around 6 feet) keep the canister close to you as you spray. If there is a decent amount of distance between you feel free to extend your arm if it feels more comfortable. You just don’t want to give him the chance to slap or grab the can. Try to keep your eyes open so that you can see your target and not miss him. 

4. Always aim for your attackers face. Remember your goal is to hit his eyes because it causes a painful itching effect and temporary blindness. Holding eye contact with him can make this much easier because you are focused on your target. Plus if he hasn’t noticed the can of pepper spray yet, he’s not likely to break eye contact with you long enough to see it. 

5. If your unable to hit him in the face for some reason, or if you have multiple attackers, you might need to abandon this technique and go for a more wild spray. If it comes to this I suggest using a large figure 8 in front of you. This will put a nice large mist of spray in the air that your attacker(s) will have to go through to get to you. At the very least this can buy you a few second head start.

The best place to buy pepper spray online is of course Amazon

IF you have any questions please feel free to hit me up in the comments section down below, or through the contact form on the right! 
Be safe. Be prepared.

 

Pepper Spray for Self Defense

Posted on | May 1, 2013 | No Comments

 

Pepper spray (or mace) is an excellent self defense technique used primarily by women. It is not very expensive but it is easy to use and handle. If you have ever been exposed to it then you know exactly how effective it can be. If not then ask a police officer how effective it is. They use it and have been exposed to it as part of their training. 

Here are a few things you should know if you are going to use pepper spray as a self defense.

1. Identify what type of pepper spray you need.
Pepper spray comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes. You can get it any where from a large can that’s strong enough to stop a bear, to a small canister disguised as a lipstick tube. Obviously a larger can is problematic due to it’s size. But by the same token, think about how hard it can be to dig your lipstick out of you purse when your in a rush. The real trick is to find something that’s a comfortable fit for you. Something that isn’t to big to carry but will still be easy to grab in a matter of seconds if you need it. Also you need to make sure you have a easily accessible place to store it.

2. Practice makes perfect.
One thing I should point out. I’m not recommending you actually fire your spray when practicing.  Pepper spray is a severe irritant, getting just a little near your face can cause a severe reaction. I can tell you from personal experience that just being in an area where pepper spray as been used recently can have a nasty affect on you. So think about this, how often have you used bug spray without getting at least a little on your hands? And how often do you get your hands near your face with out thinking about it? Guess what, if you have just a little mace on your hands and touch your face you might be in a world of pain. That is why I don’t recommend you actually spray your pepper spray when you practice. 
Instead, practice drawing and aiming your spray. If you keep it in your purse, see how long it takes you to retrieve it and aim it at a would be attacker. If it takes more than 2 or 3 seconds you might want to find a better place to keep it. When you first get your spray I suggest you practice this a few times a day to get use to it. Once you get comfortable (and quick) you can reduce it down to once or twice a week. It is important to continue practicing every once in awhile so that your reaction time doesn’t slow down. After all in an emergency every second counts.

3. Learn from a professional.
You can enroll to a class that offers training lessons on how to use pepper sprays so that you equip yourself with adequate knowledge on how to use and handle it properly in times of danger. Your best bet is to contact your local law enforcement and ask if they offer or know of any courses in town. 

Hope this is a good start for you. Tomorrow I'll add some actual steps for you on using pepper spray.

When Is It Okay To Fight?

Posted on | April 30, 2013 | No Comments

What do you think about violence? Is it the first line of defense, or a last choice after diplomacy has failed? Obviously, if you are being physically battered, becoming violent is highly necessary to your well being, after all, it can be awfully hard to talk your way out of a fight that is all ready started. But what about a confrontation that hasn’t fully escalated yet? What if you are being mugged by a man with a knife when you have a gun hidden under your jacket? Do you draw your weapon and engage the thief? Or simply comply with his demands and toss over your wallet? 

Most people would think “Gun beats knife so of course I would defend myself!” But think about this, how long does it take you to draw and fire your pistol? Three, maybe four seconds? How long does it take your attacker to lunge with his already drawn knife?

The point here is simple, when you introduce violence to a situation things can change drastically. You may think you have the upper hand, but in reality your overlooking some crucial element. Sure you may have a black belt in some martial art, but how do you know the mugger isn’t a broke and desperate MMA fighter? I don’t care if your a complete beginner or a seasoned kung fu fighter, engaging an enemy when there are other choices can be both dangerous and stupid.

Of course, there are always times when fighting is the best choice. Maybe you are a woman and the mugger looks like he is interested in more than just the content of your purse, in this case trying to be peaceful and just hand it over could show weakness and encourage him to try something, whereas pulling a gun or pepper spray (or just a good ol’ kick to the junk) would show him that you don’t have a victim mentality and would make him think twice about trying anything. But again, each case is going to be different, you never know your attackers skill level, or any other situational details you might be overlooking (like his partner sneaking up behind you while you are focused on him). 

Ultimately, I refuse to encourage or discourage violence. Sometimes it may be the right choice, other times it might get you into more trouble than you originally had. It’s good to know as many self defense techniques as possible so that you have the ability to defend yourself, but you also need to have the wisdom to know when to use it. And that is something you have to find for yourself. 

Just something to think about.

Groin Stike

Posted on | April 29, 2013 | No Comments

 

No single move is guaranteed to end a fight. Sometimes the move isn’t executed properly and sometimes, due to drugs or something else, your attackers threshold for pain is higher than normal. That being said there is one way that will usually end a fight when dealing with a man. It’s a self defense move most women should become familiar with if their not already. I call it the "kick him in the balls self defense!" 
Okay, for every man who just cringed and said; “That’s not cool!” I need you to bear in mind that in a real fight anything goes. You can bet that if you’re being attacked by another man and you start winning, he’ll resort to every dirty trick he can, including this particular cheap shot. There are no rules in a real fight. NONE. If it can take out your attacker, then do it! Save it for a last option if you must, but be prepared and willing to do it. As for the women, if you are being attacked by a man, go for the crotch shot first chance you get. Not to sound sexist, but biologically speaking men are generally larger and stronger than you. Every second that you spend struggling with a male attacker increases the chances of you being subdued. So for you, fighting dirty should be the very first, as well as the very last, thing you do. As soon as you get the chance to go for the family jewels you do it. No questions asked.
As for actually performing the technique, it’s fairly simple. You use either your foot or your knee. Now, using your foot could be kind of tricky. Let’s say your attacker is significantly taller than you, yes you could kick high enough to hit him, but kicking higher than your waist can endanger your balance, meaning if you fail to take him out he can easily take you to the ground. It can also be problematic if he is wearing baggy pants, as this can hinder your foot, basically, cushioning the blow a bit. The advantage of a kick however is it gives you a bit of room, you don’t have to get in as close as you would if you were to try to knee him. Getting close to him means giving him the chance to grab ahold of you.
Of course, there are some advantages to getting in close and using your knee. As I stated before, if your opponent is tall or wearing baggy pants it might give you better odds of landing a good blow. Plus, you can use the close proximity to your advantage. For example, since you’re in so close you can try to couple the groin strike with a head-butt, a quick one-two, this way you do twice the damage and double your chances of taking out your opponent. 
Another excellent way to use the groin strike is with the side arm chop. If you get grabbed from behind, try to twist to the side as much as possible, this should give you the chance to swing your arm right into your attackers crotch. If he grabs you in a bear hug from behind simply stretch your arms out to the side like your reaching for something on both the left and right, this should break his hold on you. Now, drop down to your knees before he can grab you again and throw your elbow back into his groin. You can do the same thing if put in a bear hug from the front but change the elbow for a simple punch/upper-cut.
And that’s what I have to say about the groin strike. Just remember dirty tricks like these should only be used in real, life or death situations. NOT when your just fooling around!

Best Self Defense Techniques

Front Kick

Jab

Head-Butt

Side Arm Chop

Side Arm Chop

Posted on | April 28, 2013 | No Comments

 

Here is really effective attack to use against an opponent after you have countered their attack. But first, run your finger down the outside of your arm, start at the elbow and go down to the pinkie finger. What do you feel? You might be thinking you feel a bone, what you are actually feeling is a nice blunt club most people are born with. I’m sure you’ve seen some martial arts master break a board with the arm chop before right? Maybe you saw it in a movie, on tv, or even in a real life demonstration, but chances are you’ve seen it. Now think how much it would hurt if you were that board. Most people are so hung up on throwing a punch that they don’t stop to consider how much damage they could cause by just swinging their arms! And it’s not a complex move so you don’t have to worry about losing your fine motor movements (see Best Self Defense Techniques).

Okay so the techniques is very simple, hit your opponent with the side of your arm, but where do you aim? Answer: Anywhere! You can aim for the head, the neck, collar bone, the ribs, knees, kidneys, ANYWHERE! 

Just to get an idea of how powerful this attack is go to your punching bag if you have one. Now give it your best right hook. Okay, now swing chop it with the side of your arm as hard as you can. Which one made it move more? And think about this, which one focuses the blow more, your flat fist or the narrow bone in your arm? Personally I prefer a good chop over a regular punch. I find it to be more powerful for me and less expected from my opponent. 

Best Self Defense Techniques

Front Kick

Jab

Head-Butt

Side Arm Chop

Groin Stike

Head-Butt. Attacking Your Opponent

Posted on | April 27, 2013 | No Comments

 

Okay we've talked about how to stop an attack long enough to start your own, so let's talk about how to beat the crap out of the guy trying to hurt you! We'll start with a head-butt. 

The head-butt can be a very effective move in self defense. It’s quick and easy to preform. Even if your in that life fearing mode I talked about in Best Self Defense Techniques it’s still basic enough to pull off.

Most people think of the head-butt as slamming your forehead against your attackers forehead, this could work if you don’t have a choice and your opponent isn’t expecting it. Unfortunetly if your attacker does see it coming he can meet the attack by tightening his neck and moving his head forward a bit. Now your attack is going to hurt you as bad as it does him and an equal exchange is not the goal in a fight.

The best way to use a head-butt is to aim for the nose. If you land your blow on the nose it’s not going to affect you as much since the impact is cushioned by the breaking of his cartilage. It will however affect him. A broken nose can be a fight ender for some people. The pain can be excruciating, and it will likely cause the eyes to water up enough to limit vision. However it’s no where near a guarantee to end the fight, so be prepared to follow up with your next attack.

Another benefit for aiming for the nose is that even if you miss your going to hit a more sensitive area. For instance, landing the blow a little high is still going to hit him between the eyes or in the lower forehead. The skull is a bit thinner here and it’s much harder to brace yourself against a blow this far down the face compared to the upper forehead. If you miss the nose to either side your going to hit the cheekbones. Although these aren’t as fragile as the nose there is still a very good chance of breaking them if you land a solid head-butt. The final option is to land the blow to low, catching your attacker in the mouth. This can be a mixed blessing. You stand a chance of taking out a few teeth, but there’s a good chance those teeth are going to slice up your forehead. 

Personally I think the head-butt is a good first blow. If you had someone in your face, maybe he’s pushing you, or he’s grabbing ahold of you so you can’t get away, a head-butt to the nose will usually take the fight right out of him. And in most states it’s considered justified since he was committing battery against you by grabbing or pushing you.

Best Self Defense Techniques

Front Kick

Jab

Head-Butt

Side Arm Chop

Groin Stike

Jab. Another Way To Stop An Attack

Posted on | April 26, 2013 | No Comments

 

Here is a move you’re most likely familiar with, but it’s how you use it that we are going to focus on here. In case your not familiar with it, the jab is just a simple punch. It’s usually preformed with the hand closest to your opponent. It doesn’t have a lot of force behind it since it doesn’t have far to travel and it can be hard to throw all your weight into it. But we’re not looking to cause a lot of damage with it. We’re going to use it in the same manner as the Frontal Kick discussed earlier. 

The only thing I use a jab for is to reverse the momentum of a fight. So if my attacker has me on defensive I can use a quick jab to try to make him pause his attack for a second to defend, giving me a chance to overwhelm him with follow up attacks.

Instead of trying to explain a jab myself I’m going to simply steal an exert from expertboxing.com:
“….extend (PUNCH) your front glove (left hand for orthodox, right hand for southpaws) towards your opponent, while exhaling a sharp breath.

NOTHING ELSE MOVES. Move only your front arm, and none of your other limbs. Do not shift your weight forwards or backwards, keep your weight at center.

The extension is the speed portion of the jab. It has to be relaxed and fast. If you tighten your fist too early or visualize your fist becoming a brick and hitting your opponent, it decreases your jabbing speed. Try instead to imagine your fist cracking upwards and forwards like a fast whip, with your knuckles slapping upwards at your opponent.

Visualize this “upwards snap” with only your hand, NOT your entire arm! Do not try to hit with the top of your head, lead the punch with your knuckles. If you feel unable to jab powerfully, try to focus more on your arm rotation and tightening of the fist than the whipping motion of the fist.”

There it is, remember, this can be a good technique to do damage to an opponent, but our main goal with it is to reverse the momentum of the fight and press our attack, so don’t freak out if you don’t land the blow just right. Just get him on his heels and start landing as many other hits as you can.

Best Self Defense Techniques

Front Kick

Jab

Head-Butt

Side Arm Chop

Groin Stike

Front Kick. Stopping You Opponents Attack

Posted on | April 25, 2013 | No Comments

 

Okay this first technique is easy. Ever kick a ball? Same thing here. Nothing fancy. Your not even really trying to do any damage to your opponent. I know that sounds weird but stay with me. You have probably heard the saying “The best defense is a good offense” sure it might be cliche but it’s true. If your being bombarded with attacks it’s really hard to launch an attack of your own. Your only hope is to get your attacker on the defensive. A great way to do that is a simple kick to the shin. 

Usually in a fight the person who is defending is also retreating. It’s natural to step back and try to distance yourself from your opponent in hopes of getting a chance to throw a punch yourself. Of course if your opponent has any skill he’s not going to let you get any space because he’s going to keep charging forward every time you step back. You need a good way to break this cycle and a simple kick can do just that. If you kick him in the shin he’s going to pull that leg back, it might only be a single step back, but that is your window of opportunity. It gives you a chance to press your attack and put him on the defensive.

It’s nothing at all fancy. Your not even aiming high. Just a quick shot to the shin to get him to stop advancing and put him back on his heels. It might sound simple but it can be a real fight changer!

Best Self Defense Techniques

Front Kick

Jab

Head-Butt

Side Arm Chop

Groin Stike

Best Self Defense Techniques

Posted on | April 24, 2013 | No Comments

best self defense techniques

If you have been reading any of my posts here then you probably already know what I consider to be the best self defense techniques. In my opinion the moves which are basic, brutal and most effective are quite simply the best. 

Anything fancy or complex won’t do you much good in a real fight. That’s because in a real fight you fighting for your life. You have the knowledge that losing might mean more than a few bruises and not getting a shiny trophy to put above the mantle place like in some tournament. Losing might mean broken bones, a trip to the hospital, spending the rest of your life in a wheel chair or straight up dying.

When you introduce the fear that goes with that realization, in actual combat, the game changes. The parts of your brain that you use everyday for simple tasks shuts down and your fine motor movements go out the window. All your left with is the most basic, primal part of your brain (the reptilian brain). And all this part of your brain is good for is to tell you to either fight or run away as fast as you can. And this can happen to both men and women.

Ever watch a horror movie where someone is trying to get away from the monster in a car?  They always have a scene where the victim is trying unsuccessfully to unlock the door or put the key in the ignition, you might be screaming at the screen for him/her to hurry up and get it right, but in reality you’d probably be doing the same thing. Why? Because, even something as simple as inserting a key takes precise muscle movements and coordination that you lose when your fearing for your life. So, if you can’t even do something as simple as using a key, how do you expect to pull off any of the advanced martial arts moves like you see in movies? 

The sad truth is that if you want to win a fight, it’s best to stick with the basics. The kind of moves that you can do under any circumstances, without any fine motor movements or coordination what so ever. Anything much more advanced than swinging your arms and legs might be to advanced for you to handle in a life threatening situation. Then again, maybe not, maybe your one of the lucky few who can keep calm enough to use some fine motor movements. You’ll never know for sure until your in that kind of situation, but wouldn’t it be best to have learned and practiced the most basic moves just in case? 

Well, here I have compiled some of the basic moves that I have learned and that I can fall back on when I’m in that life or death situation. I'm listing these self defense techniques for free so that you can be prepared, even if your completely new to fighting. If you want something more advanced check out Target Focus Training

 

Front Kick

Jab

Head-Butt

Side Arm Chop

Groin Stike

Fight Fair? Why?

Posted on | April 23, 2013 | No Comments

“If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.”

-John Steinbeck

Ever hear that quote before? It's one that I believe whole heartedly. It's also the reason I take issue with most "self defense"/martial arts programs. You see if you take a traditional martial arts course you're going to be taught how to fight within the rules of that art. Your going to be taught the "safe" strike zones where you can hit your opponent without causing serious damage to them, because that's the way you have to fight when sparring or in competition. But if you ever find yourself in a real fight and you try to fight that way you might be in trouble. Because as your punching your attacker in the ribs he's kicking you in the crotch, or scratching at your eyes. 

I remember when I first joined the army. Shortly after arriving on base I got into an argument with a more experienced private. He challenged me to a fight (how we solved arguments in that battalion) and we found a Sergeant to referee. The fight was a grappling match, and I managed to pin my opponent in a matter of seconds. As I'm getting my hands into position for a collar choke I find his thumb digging into my wind pipe. The course of the fight immediately changed to his favor and I lost. Of course, I cried fowl to the Sergeant, after all in boot camp such tactics would never be excepted,  but he simply laughed me off and informed me that the only "rule" was to win. He was just there to ensure that neither of us were seriously hurt.

Talk about a paradigm shift! It was no longer about being stronger, faster or more skilled than your opponent. It was about being more vicious! Plus, it changed the mentality of the fight. When your used to fighting in a manner that doesn't allow you to get hurt you change your style. You don't worry about defense quite as much because, after all, the other guy won't hurt you. And you don't attack as hard because you don't want to hurt the other guy. The danger is all perceived not real. But, if you train with a menatality of kill or be killed, you learn to survive the fight no matter what.

Sure I might be preaching a little here, but the truth is that learning to fight fair is dangerous. Playing by the rules will get you killed when the rules are taken away. Obviously you can't really train with dirty tactics very well, but you should be familiar with them and be able to execute them if you have to. That's why I'm doing a few posts on various dirty street fighting techniques. You can start with the intro right here: Best Self Defense Techniques

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