7 Simple Self-Defense Tricks

Self Defense

All of us want to learn kung fu. Who doesn’t want to kick like Chuck Norris and use nunchakus like Bruce Lee? Unfortunately, many of us are too busy to attend martial arts training sessions. You can buy a “how to" book of martial arts, but they usually have complicated instructions that you will likely forget during an actual attack. What you need are simple techniques that you can easily use during a fight.

1. To Survive, Accept the Fact That You May Die

Here’s a fact that is useful to remember when someone attacks you: you may get killed and panicking doesn’t reduce your chances of getting killed. Accept this fact because it should help you concentrate despite the surge of fear. Many people fear for their lives too much in dangerous situations, that they ultimately fail to save their lives. Rather than vehemently denying and fearing the fact that you could die, accept it. This is the only way to get it out of your mind and think of options before you – options that can save your life.

2. Attack When You’re Being Attacked

Your instincts are made to protect you. There is one instinct though that will most likely lead to your destruction when your attacker is near you: running away. Sure running away helps, but only when your attacker is a good distance away. Rather than retreating, advance. In a typical scenario where your attacker is the one who feels he is the predator and you’re the prey, he doesn’t expect you to fight back at all. If you react quick enough, you’ll be able to surprise him and open up opportunities to deliver damage.

3. Kick Only When Necessary

Here’s a tip direct from the dragon himself, Bruce Lee. Kicking is effective only at the right distance. Make sure that your attacker can be reached by your kick before you kick him. Also, always bring your hips with you when you kick. Kicking with your leg alone is not that powerful. According to Lee, it’s also very effective to target the body part that’s nearest to you. Remember that when your attacker gets close to you, he’s not only increasing his chance of hurting you, he’s also increasing his chance of hurting himself. If your attacker steps in your range, kick his body part that’s closest to you (usually his knees).

Proper way to kick

4. Use Your Head… Literally

Do you know that bashing your forehead into a thug’s nose once deals more damage than slamming your fist into his nose twice? The human skull is a powerful weapon. Notice that in boxing, a single headbutt is enough to open a cut in a boxer’s forehead than a flurry of punches. Your skull is hard and it’s also easy to move your head. By using your head, you can deal significant damage to your attacker using minimal effort. Headbutts are especially useful when someone grabs you from behind. Don’t waste your time and energy elbowing your attacker’s ribs or stepping on his toes. Instead, try bashing his face with the back of your head.

Using your head

5. The Triangle Trick

Keep in mind that you don’t have to get hit during a fight. Imagine a vertical line dividing your body into two. Your attacker is going to attack some point along or around that line. Moving in a straight line forward or backward will change your distance from the attacker, but it doesn’t get your centerline out of the attack path. On the other hand, moving laterally left or right moves your centerline but it doesn’t change the distance between you and your attacker. The trick is to move along a triangle to change both the location of your centerline and your distance at the same time.

6. Everything Can Be a Weapon

Guns, knives, and pepper sprays are not the only weapons available to you. Anything harder than your knuckles and sharper than your fingers is a good weapon. That’s why it’s advisable to always carry something that can serve as a weapon, like an umbrella or a pen. Stones on the ground are also useful, especially if the aggressor is a good distance away. The one rule you should remember is that hard objects should be smashed against bone, while pointed objects stabbed into soft tissue.

7. Aim for All Those Weak Spots

Yes, just like the big boss in any video game, your attacker is full of weak spots however fearsome he might seem. Aim for the following body parts during a fight: eyes, nose, ears, throat, kneecaps, and groin. The groin is the most effective to hit because it sticks out, it’s at the center, and it’s very painful when hit.

Master all these tricks and you can pass up on those judo lessons your friend recommends to you. Always remember that you’re not a passive target, and you’re equally dangerous as your attacker.

28 Comments so far

  1. Television Spy on June 29th, 2008

    If only bruce lee had left instructions on the one finger punch.

  2. Chaton on June 29th, 2008

    Protect your chin. Aim for the knee, you won’t break it but it hurts so much that you run away.

  3. Josh on June 29th, 2008

    Good advice, I’ll use it if I ever get attacked

  4. the0ne on June 29th, 2008

    nice tips, I am going to try them I better win

  5. Joe on July 2nd, 2008

    I prefer to pull out my weiner and act like a chicken.

  6. Troy on July 2nd, 2008

    8. Hope your attacker didn’t take martial arts. These ‘tips’ will just get you hurt if they did.

  7. paresh on July 2nd, 2008

    nice tips, useful advise.

  8. moi on July 2nd, 2008

    Nice. Now I’m going to use these techniques to attack someone.

    Thank you!

    ( :

  9. Ross on July 6th, 2008

    9 times out of 10 a man will be able to turn to avoid a hit to the groin, so it’s best to aim the kick slightly above that as its still painful and brings the attacker’s top half of the body forward leaving them vulnerable for a head attack.
    Also a hard forearm swing to the neck of attacker can be enough to neck them out as it compresses the artery, stopping blood flow to the head for a very brief time.

  10. jon on July 6th, 2008

    also, if you’re stuck in a bearhug or something, and you can bite the asshole somewhere, that should buy you a bit of time to pull yourself back together

  11. Roy Hewitt on July 7th, 2008

    Strengthen the brain and you won’t have to fight!

  12. Frank Ferter on July 8th, 2008

    I used the triangle trick when a man tried to attack me. It really worked! He was so off balance when he missed with a punch, that I was able to spin him around and start ****ing him in the a** so hard that he submitted. I then proceeded to use the good old Cleavland Steamer trick, and dumped right on his chest.

    Thank you so much for these tips.

  13. Kim Chi delos Reyes on July 10th, 2008

    In my country of Korea, we have a superspecial martial art called Sayonachi. It is discreet and can be used in everyday life. When you are attacked by a monstrous musclebound beast with a long moustache, you must breathe deep. Think of all the teachings of Buddha. When you feel the power surge within you, raise your foot as a warning sign to your attacker. Take off both your slippers carefully.

    When your attacker is in range, lunge at him with both your slippers. Shout “Sayonachi!!!” then give him your slippers. Your attacker will be be dazed with your surprise attack. Run like an honorable Samurai after.

  14. Shawn on August 5th, 2008

    As a martial artist I think that these are great tips for a street fight and would be helpful for defending yourself against an attacker of any skill level.
    I would add that elbows and knees are also effective weapons and are usually unexpected.

  15. Henrico Dolfing on August 24th, 2008

    Usefull tips, but the big trick is a derivative from point 1. You must not panic and that is something that you can learn by actually training in full contact sports. Further I agree with Shawn, your elbow and knees are very effective weapons.

  16. The Fitness Diva on October 1st, 2008

    Love it! Yes, all true! i remember learning all these principles in karate school, one by one! ;)

  17. Vel on November 29th, 2008

    Best defense I know of: If you’re a guy, strip your pants off. No man can fight another man who is naked. It’s physically impossible. Just be sure to get the pants back on after they pass out from either a) surprise or b) laughing as most places have indecency laws.

  18. mark stephens on November 29th, 2008

    Some good remarks and ideas

  19. Brian Cannon on December 2nd, 2008

    C’mon Vel, weren’t the Olympics first held in the nude? I have to disagree about fighting naked. Your comment sounds homophobic to me. I like the advice given, particularly the first. Learn not to lose your head so you’ve got one to use. Careful about the headbutt though, you could easily knock yourself out!

  20. hannah on December 10th, 2008

    These are good. People should be prepared if anything does ever happen to them. Also, I heard that your knee is one of the most powerful parts of your bodies if you use it right. So instead of kicking them or headbutting them in the “groin area” use your knee if you don’t want to put your head at risk.

  21. AJ Kumar on January 19th, 2009

    haha very true ….aim for the weak spots. That brings me back to old video games :)

  22. PowerballStates on April 6th, 2009

    Good tips but even better is practicing a fighting style. anyone is better than been untrained.

  23. Professor Pain on May 13th, 2009

    Aim for the weak spots for massive damage.

  24. [...] 10. Resisting seems like a good idea. A Department of Justice study of survivors of nearly fatal attacks found that 63% of victims felt their resistance helped them. Only 7% felt it was harmful. Of course, you can’t interview those who didn’t survive. [...]

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  26. Bstrong on August 6th, 2009

    Nice Tips. I’ve been thinking about taking some type of self-defense or martial arts classes, maybe one day.

  27. Dianne(maievzFL_3Js@yahoo.com) on August 18th, 2009

    ,.,Ummh,.,can I have the most effectve one??,.Cause when the situation comes,., Can I do the tricks immediately,.Well,.If your oppnent kicked your side knees then you might fall and kill by that bad man,.,so can I have the most effective self defense??,.,Even just for the students,.,cause it’s hard there’s so many strangers,.,specifically bad strangers strolling in our town andeventhough I’m confident w/ myself, How about the others???,.,I’m just about to care..Thnx …

  28. nic on October 9th, 2009

    Most toughness comes from the mind. If someone is prepared to fight they’re very likely not to end up getting beaten up. Also a good trick if you are outnumbered is to WALK away, and if they follow you WALK around a corner then RUN as soon as they can’t see you. By the time they realise they should be running after you rather than walking after you, they won’t be able to catch you because you’ll be so far away.

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