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When it comes to self defense training, there are several basic martial arts techniques at the core of every good program.
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How to Master Self Defense Techniques
Strikes and Blows
When it comes to self defense training strikes and blows are some of the most common movements. Generally speaking, striking refers to your standup offensive strategies. They are your kicks, punches, head butts, knees, elbows and other attacks. At their core, strikes are designed to be your tools for aggression. They help you wear down your opponent.
You’re going to have to accept that fact that your opponent is going to strike back in self defense training. One of the martial arts techniques that you can use to minimize the blow is a block. Blocking is the act of stopping your opponents strike before it is completed. The arms are most commonly used for blocking, but your legs will be used sometimes too.
Stance and Footwork
Sometimes footwork is underrated, but the best martial artists work day in and day out perfect their footwork skills. You can tell the difference between an average fighter and a great fighter by checking out his footwork. Your stances are important to, as they are where you derive your support and balance during a match.
Takedowns occur when you actually bring your opponent to the ground. There are many different ways to accomplish a takedown. You can try using strikes and blows. Wrestling moves can also bring an opponent down during a fight.
Throws are actually a kind of takedown, but there more defensive than they are offensive. During a throw, you maneuver to use your opponent’s own strength against him. The end result is that your opponent is brought swiftly to the ground.
Choke holds and joint locks are examples of martial arts techniques known as submissions. They are an important part of self defense training. The goal is to force your opponent to give up or submit. If he doesn’t give up, however, serious injuries can result.
Sometimes bad things happen to good people. And while we don’t go out of our way to find trouble, trouble just seems to find us. In this day and age, it is important for each of us to learn something about self defense training. It can help us protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Keep a Clear Head
It is important that you stay calm and use your head when danger strikes. When your body’s adrenaline kicks in, you will notice that things to happen to you in slow motion. If you stay calm and avoid panicking, your brain will work quickly and it will seem as though you have plenty of time to decide on the appropriate course of action.
Look for Common Weapons
There will almost always be something around you that you can use as a weapon to defend yourself from your attacker. You don’t need years of martial arts training to figure out that a rolled up magazine, your keys, a can of hairspray, or even a can of green beans can be an effective tool for helping you fight back. When you find an object that is hard and heavy, the best way to use it is to throw it against bone.
One of the worst things you can do during a fight is move in a straight line – forward, back, right, or left. However, this is what we naturally tend to do during an altercation. Instead, you should move your body in a triangle. When you move at angles, you actually step out of your attacker’s intended path. You change the entire angle and positioning of your body.
Don’t Make Yourself a Target in the First Place
Avoid being in dark places alone, and keep your head up and your eyes peeled for anything or anyone that looks suspicious. If you aren’t paying attention to your surroundings, you make the ideal candidate for the victim of a mugging or assault.
In order to excel at self defense training you must first master the individual self defense techniques. The following tips can you help perform at your best:
Whenever possible, perform a direct counter-attack. They are the most effective at stopping your opponent.
Your best shot at countering an attack is when they approach. Many times they will cross one foot behind the other to perform a kick. Hit them in the moment they move to position.
Protect your ribs. You can do this by keeping your elbows low all the time.
Practice self defense techniques that can be used in lots of different situations. Don’t worry about memorizing fancy combinations of moves for every possible scenario. Concentrate on about three to five versatile techniques until you have them perfected. Keep your fighting simple.
When your opponent throws a punch toward your head or upper body, immediately take a shot at the part of their body that become vulnerable.
Similarly, when an opponent tries to take a body shot, immediately strike their head.
An oncoming kick can be defending by striking while your opponent is on one foot with compromised balance. It is also impossible for them to retreat from their position in time.
If you can’t get away, step into the punch or throw. It’s unexpected and you can often jam or stifle the strike, minimizing its effectiveness.
If jamming the attack doesn’t work, sidestep to avoid contact. Use circle footwork to stay out of the line of a combination attack.
When you find yourself on the defensive and you have to back up, never retreat backward in a straight line. It is the worst possible thing you can do, as it sets you up for a combo strike. Always jam, block, or sidestep.
It’s more effective to keep your rear hand up. If you are hit on an open side there is no way to roll out.
If your opponent goes for a head strike, lean away for pull your shoulder in tightly for protection. If they make contact with your jaw, the damage could be serious. If you don’t protect your jaw, it’s likely your opponent will be able to knock you out.
Never stand flat footed. You should always be up on your toes with your knees bent and your legs ready to move quickly.
Keeping your knees bent will make it easier for you to move quickly, no matter what direction you need to move.
Practice every day, and cover all of these self defense training techniques and drills.
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