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 alone, as Ippon-nukite (one-finger piercing hand), strikes an eye, or the index finger strikes one eye while the middle finger strikes the other eye as in Nihon-nukite (two-finger piercing hand). If you strike with such a hand and miss or are blocked, you are in big trouble. You can have sprained, twisted fingers and you will not be able to make a fist.
To avoid these problems we use the hand formation taught in Atemi Waza of Judo Kodokan. In this hand formation eyes are struck with the tips of the middle finger and the ring finger. The middle finger is braced by the index finger and the ring finger is braced by the little finger. All fingers are slightly bent inward (toward the palm of the hand). To learn this hand formation, just put your hand on the table with all your fingers together. Then, with your other hand, spread its middle and ring fingers. Try to keep your fingers from coming back together. Then try to spread them using the muscles of your hand while helping yourself with the other hand. Do it several times, each time with less help from the other hand.
To learn more techniques, see Basic Instincts of Self-Defense.
For your defense moves to work under stress they must be based on your natural, instinctive reactions, require little strength and limited range of motion, and be proven in fighting experience.
To learn how your natural reactions can instantly defeat any unarmed attack, see the video Basic Instincts of Self-Defense.
Defend Against Weapons
To defend against weapons you have to know how they are used. Also—every stick has two ends … the weapon of attack may become a weapon of defense in your hand …
To learn how the typical street weapons (club, knife, razor) are used by an experienced streetfighter and how to practice with them, see the video Self-Defense: Tools of attack—Club, Hatchet, Blackjack, Knife, Straight Razor.
Staying cool under pressure is more important for self-defense than being physically fit and technically skilled. If you can’t control your mind what can you control?
To learn mental techniques that let you calmly face any threat and act rationally in the heat of a fight, click here.
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