Self-Defense Tip 5 Fighting Stance and Position

Fighting stance that protects your vital targets

Here is what you must do when facing strikes and kicks. Put your arms “on guard,” your left leg forward to keep your liver (which is on your right side) further away from the attacker. A good shot to your liver could temporarily paralyze your diaphragm, or even cause internal bleeding, or rupture your gall bladder (which without surgery leads to death). Protect the liver with your right elbow, but since you need to protect your face and neck at the same time, hunch to your right so your right fist shields your right jaw. Leading with the left lets you protect face, neck, and solar plexus with your left shoulder and arm while your right arm performs the same service for your liver, the right lower part of your face, and the right side of your neck.

Fighting stance

Use minimal shifts of your forearms and elbows to block punches or, in the worst case, to shield yourself with elbows, forearms, and fists.

Position yourself to slow down an attacker

People move faster and stronger straight forward than in any other direction. This is why you should not stand directly in front of a potential opponent, that is, in the opponent’s center line. By standing (or moving) out of the opponent’s center line, you force the opponent to reorient himself to face you (to have you in his center line) before attacking you. This reorienting keeps you from being surprised and buys you time for reacting. Those familiar with the OODA (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) Loop understand what I mean.

Position yourself at about 45° angle off anybody’s center line, whether you face each other or you are behind. If you stand in the line of the attack, even if you block it, your counterattack will be that much more difficult. Keep a minimum distance of one leg length (the attacker’s leg length) between you, so it is hard to surprise you.

Position yourself
Position yourself off anybody’s center line

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