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Questions tagged [self-defense]

Self-defense or private defense is a countermeasure that involves defending oneself, one's property or the well-being of another from harm. Anything not related to a specific martial art, any hypothetical situations, and anything related to the law are off topic.

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Why don't we wear shoes in karate?

Presumably people in Okinawa didn't walk around barefoot. If the original purpose of karate is self-defense, wouldn't it make more sense to train in similar clothing to what you'd be wearing if you ...
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Suppose you know a martial art. How likely are you to get a chance to use it for self defense?

One of the many benefits that martial arts schools (including my own) claim to have is 'self-defense'. In fact just about every martial art claims that this is a benefit. In the spirit of this ...
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Is there a better way defend from stick and Tonfa

As far as I know this is the popular defense against stick in Krav Maga. Are there any better alternatives for protecting yourself from stick attack. Is the defense in the video is relevant for ...
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Defending non-telegraphed strikes [closed]

Is there a way to practice yourself for defending non-telegraphed punches or kicks? Protecting yourself from non-telegraphed strikes is difficult because there is less time to see and react. However, ...
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Why do we teach unrealistic bunkai?

When we teach basic bunkai we often show impractical techniques and unrealistic situations for example blocking a mae geri by turning into the kick and using gedan barai. This is obviously not ...
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Martial arts with cerebral palsy and forearm crutches

I'm looking for a martial art or combination of martial arts that do not require a lot of footwork to practice. I have cerebral palsy and walk with forearm crutches. I would like to learn martial arts ...
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Taekwondo belt skills and level

Is it possible to stay white belt and continue to learn as normal until black belt level without taking belt advancement because not really interested in belt but in skill for self defense
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Extreme training for civilians

I am a civilian who would love to get trained in a similar way that special forces such as SEALs, do. More specifically, I want to: be able to defend myself and others with bare hands or with any ...
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Exercises to train better falling when thrown

In my Taekwondo classes we sometimes train throws, in the context of self defense (hoshinsul). I'm bothered that, when being thrown, I can see that the way in falling is not the best and I'm getting ...
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What Position to adopt if a car is speeding towards you?

I need help with a 'hit and run' scene I am writing for a book. My main character practices Martial Arts. He is about to be run over, he turns to face the oncoming car - what position would he adopt? ...
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Just for self defense [duplicate]

Can I learn some self-defense on my own? I mean I don't really want to have professional martial art skill, but I want to be able to defend myself if facing someone attacking me. Can I learn that by ...
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What do I do if an attacker grabs my breasts?

I read a lot of girls' stories about how some guy grabs their breast and she has to shove him off, or punch or kick him. The guys usually give up and run away in these stories. What do you do if they ...
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Groin attack danger in full guard (especially stages 3, 4)?

How much is the groin open for an attack in full guard in different stages? (Bruce Lee in Way of the Dragon) Especially, in the stage 3 of the Gracie system: It seems like groin is quite open, for ...
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How to defend against fish-hooking?

I'm mostly talking about street self-defense, and your ears and eyes, I figure if they went for your mouth you clamp down. Edit: I should have been more clear, sorry, I meant from within the clinch.
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Relatively safe standing throw/grapple/manipulation techniques?

I'm looking to learn specific techniques that can be used in a variety of self-defense situations, but generally are "relatively safe" on your opponent. Not sure if I have to justify myself on this ...
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How to retrieve phone from thief?

The Story Some time ago, A man approached me on the street and asked to use my smartphone. I made suggestions to first go indoors somewhere but he kept insisting. For some reason I relented and just ...
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I'm curious about learning a new discipline for self defense

I'm about 100 lbs (45 kg), small frame. No weight training experience. I'm very skinny, but in my previous discipline that allowed me to be the fastest in the studio. My weight has always stayed in ...
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Techniques under the influence of pepper spray / temporarily blinded [closed]

Suppose you are attacked by an attacker using pepper spray and you experience the effects such as shortness of breath and involuntary closing of the eyes. You are in a remote location, so no help is ...
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Is it possible to perform a disabling attack that does not cause permanent damage?

I've developed myself into Karate, Kung-fu (Hung gar and Shaolin) and Krav-maga. That being said - I'm looking for the development of natural effective movements to make a self-defense action ...
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Stay in shape while interrupting Taekwondo practice for a few months

Context I've recently decided to take a "break" from taekwondo after five years of training. Due to stress from school (11th grade), I have been training less and less over the past five months, ...
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Is it true that Wing Chun Fails before wrestlers or Boxers?

I've started Wing Chun few days before. Everything seems to be nice, but I've seen some videos on internet, they say that Wing Chun can't handle Boxers or Wrestlers. What are the comparisons between ...
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What are the best free online resources to learn Drunken Kung Fu style? [closed]

Can a weak person learn kung fu? I want to master drunken style. I am fascinated with it. What are the basis of it? and are there any free online resources to learn it?
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Which will be the best style for kung fu for self defense for a weak person?

I just came to my new school, where I feel like a loner and there are some students who are professional boxers. The bullying is common here. I'm afraid that they can beat me. I am a weak one unlike ...
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Keysi Fighting Method

Is the Keysi Fighting Method studied exclusively by any military unit in the world or is it mixed with other military martial arts such as Krav Maga, Silat, etc?
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Self Defense with One Arm Full

I have studied a few different martial arts (Krav Maga, Jiu Jitsu, MMA) on and off over the years but, after becoming a mother and establishing the practice of having a baby on my hip 18 hours a day, ...
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What are techniques to minimize harm from having long hair in combat?

It is clear that long hair can be a hazard to a defender in a 'streetfight' scenario where combat breaks out and you need to defend yourself suddenly and unexpectedly. Hair can get in your eyes and, ...
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Improve perception and reaction time

I want to improve my perception and reaction time to help me respond to incoming attacks more quickly. What techniques can I use to improve perception and reaction time?
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How dangerous are long thumb nails

I came across a provocative individual with long thumb nails, on both hands; about 2cm extra length. How dangerous could his nails be? Eye gouging comes to mind. But is it more effective with that ...
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Attacks against intoxicated individual with high pain tolerance

I've seen a person being stabbed to death, and yet he wasn't in intolerable pain; he could actually stand up and walk normally despite his injuries (until he collapsed, 30 seconds later). I am ...
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Are injuries from Assault more Severe than those Sustained During Martial arts Practice?

When I asked My previous question regarding injury rates in Martial arts practice and assault Some users here pointed out (Quite rightly) that it didn't take account of the severity of injuries ...
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For what martial arts is the chance of being injured while training less than the chance of being injured by assault?

For many people who take up martial arts, self defence is one of the main reasons. However actual cases of assault as recorded by the police in the UK are relatively rare. 13 per 1000 people in the ...
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How to counter ankle pick takedown?

As can be seen in the following video, ankle pick is very dangerous. Is there a way to counter it? Is there a way to counter it when the rival holds your ankle?
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Best way to get started in martial arts without classes or instructors? [duplicate]

Of course classes/instructors would be best, but without resources like those, what's the best way I can get started? For example, are there any resources or training guides that can teach how to ...
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Is this a good kick for self defence?

I am learning self defence. I don't intend to become a master at martial arts. So I think it is wise to keep things simple. I want to concentrate on a few basic moves, and learn them well. Should I ...
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How to counter martelo de negtiva

As can be seen in the video at 2:20, martelo de negtiva (capoeira kick) is considered a very lethal and fast kick. Is there a way to counter and defend against such a kick (not necessarily in capoeira)...
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How can I improve my defense speed?

I have been a Shito Ryu karate student for seven years now. I would like to know if there is a way to make my defences faster than they are now.
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Martial art against verbal hate crime

In the wake of rising1 hate crimes after Brexit and fears of a similar rise after the election of Trump as President of the USA: How can martial arts help support people who are victim of said crimes? ...
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Measurement of the practicality of a martial art

Is there a concept or a theory to define how to measure the practicality of a martial art? For example, is there a measurement, dimension or a rating method to check how effective BJJ or any other ...
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Practice focus at home

I have found from some past street fights that I go blind when I am angry. Let me explain: I am 5'8" inches tall, 80 kg or 176 pounds, 33 years old and I am not fat, not so fit (I can run for 15 ...
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Release from back choke when your face and body turn to the floor [duplicate]

Is there a way to release from back choke when your all body is on the floor and your face (and body) turn to the floor. Is there a difference if the choker is on your body or is beside you? Videos or ...
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Release from pulling back with stretched hands and locked elbows

Following the video at 40 seconds. We can see man holds the little boy hands stretched to the back and pulls him back. The elbows of both hands are locked back. Is there a way to release from such ...
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Terror and mass shooting attacks

In wake of more and more terrorist attacks in Europe such as Paris, Nice, Munich as well as the rising frequency of mass shootings in the USA, I was wondering how martial arts deal with the treat ...
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Looking for a martial art to do, self defense without causing pain?

I would also like it not take a lot of work to pick up, I mean, it shouldnt take long before I am able to defend against the average person. I am willing to work at it to improve from there. Also my ...
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How do you escape from a front head lock?

A real experience: Well about a year ago I got in fight with a bullying thug in street, and we tackled each other. He was way bigger than I am, though we pushed each other locked-arm swinging around ...
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Which devices might help against an attack?

I have been a Karateka for about 10 to 12 years, but haven't been training for multiple years now. My wife has little to no fighting experience. I am interested in buying a self-defense device. I know ...
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Training to avoid freezing up in self-defense [duplicate]

My question: how can I prepare myself to avoid the "deer-in-the-headlights" phenomenon if I am ever attacked in real life? The background: I took a self-defense seminar today at my dojang and ...
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Low kicks vs high kicks in street fight

Many martial arts spend time in practicing high kicks, for instance to the face. Is there a situation in a street fight where high kicks would be the best choice? Why not prefer low kicks? With low ...
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How to fight and control equipped motorcycle driver [closed]

Unfortunately, in some situations motorcycle drivers that are equipped with helmets, boots and suits attack. Is there a way to fight back and control them with inability to attack their face, legs and ...
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Is it expected that all training stances/positions will have direct fighting applications?

Is it generally expected in martial arts systems that all training stances/positions (horse stances, front stances, drop stances, etc.) will have direct fighting applications? Questions such as Is ...
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How to escape from a sankyo grip?

As can be seen here in this video, it seems impossible to escape from the sankyo grip. Is there a way to escape from it (including self defense options)?