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Self-Defense Tips

Tips on how to defend against common attacks, how to use everyday objects in self-defense, how to tell realistic defenses from phony defenses, how to develop mental toughness for self-defense, how to select a self-defense system, a self-defense instructor, or a martial arts school.

Self-Defense Tip #4 — Rear under-the-arms bear hug

If an attacker grabs you in a rear under-the-arms bear hug, your first concern is to protect your bottom ribs from being squashed and also to make sure that you are not lifted up. Your assailant’s intent with this attack is to lift you up and then throw you down, driving your hips into the […]

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Self-Defense Tip #3 — Rear over-the-arms bear hug

An intelligent attacker, if he or she decides to grab you in a rear over-the-arms bear hug, will grab you at or below your elbows. Grabbing your arms this way immobilizes them nearly completely and does not let you use them to protect your rib cage. Also, the low grab makes it easy for the […]

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Self-Defense Tip #2 — Eye Stab

Some situations can be solved by stabbing an attacker’s eyes with your fingers. For example, in our video Basic Instincts of Self-Defense this is done in one of the groundwork attacks. The hand formation that we show is different than those typically taught by most karate systems. In those other systems either the index finger […]

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Self-Defense Tip #1 — How to set up an entry into a clinch with a kick combination

You may know from our video Basic Instincts of Self-Defense how to defend against someone who punches and kicks. If you have seen that, you know how to sidestep and close in to enter into a clinch and do an armlock or a throw. Now you will learn how to set up an entry into […]

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