Punches and kicks are the “darlings” when learning or watching self-defense techniques. Boxing, MMA and most tournament style martial arts competitions thrive on punches and kicks. Nevertheless, open hand strikes can be more effective in many fighting defense situations and especially for women’s self-defense. Open handed strikes are so effective and so potentially lethal that they are banned in many competitive sports. In this article I will concentrate on three open handed personal protection strikes.
MMA and martial arts tournament competitors are typically not allowed to use many if any open handed defense techniques or to attack their opponent with these tactics. Gouging the eyes or nasal cavities with the fingers or attacking the throat with a chop or spearhand is against the rules. And for good reason. They can seriously injure a competitor.
There are no rules on the street. Gouging the eyes or nasal cavities or attacking the neck or throat is oftentimes the first and most effective self-defense technique one can use. If you can render the attacker sightless or not able to breathe properly you have given yourself an advantage and an opportunity to escape. Applying these self-defense moves with full force and through the target is essential to stopping a fight.
Self-Defense Technique 1
A palm strike to the chin can be very effective in getting the attacker away from you. In platform diving there is a saying that goes “where the head goes the body will follow”. This is due to gravity. The same can be said if applying enough force to the chin. Reverse gravity. The body will follow the head. With enough force you can take him to the ground or bash the back of his head into an object.
Self-Defense Technique 2
A spearhand with the tips of the fingers or the knuckles of a partially closed hand to the throat can be devastating and potentially lethal. Depending on where the strike lands and how much force is applied the assailant can be severely injured. If the strike crushes the larynx, trachea or windpipe they may not be able to breathe. Most any strike to the throat will cause partial breathing problems. At the very least they will be in severe pain and will most likely allow you to escape.
Self-Defense Technique 3
Attacking the eyes or nasal cavities with the fingers may be the best self-defense tactic as an initial strike. Especially for women’s self-defense. Many women have longer and stronger fingernails than men. Acrylic nails or polish can make them even stronger and can potentially cause more damage. If you can attack the eyes or nasal cavities there is no fighting defense the assailant can use to stop you. The eyelids and nose contain very weak muscles. They will not be able withstand an attack from your finger or fingers.
As repulsive or gory as it may seem gouging out their eyeballs or ripping the nostrils out of their nose may be your only option. Causing someone not to be able to breathe or crushing the back of their skull on a hard surface could be another circumstance. When your survival is on the line the only thing you must be thinking about is surviving. Even after applying any of these self-defense techniques a barrage of strikes may be needed. The attacker must be rendered helpless or you must be able to escape without being seriously injured.