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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Is there a way to tell which BJJ techniques should be used for self defense?

I've heard a lot of people say that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has become more sport-focused over the years and less about self defense. I understand where that's coming from, because there are so many moves ...
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Judo vs bjj confusion

I am starting to get interested in martial arts. BJJ is by far the most popular in my area, but I looked into judo, and it seems to me that judo is the more complete martial art than bjj. Am I ...
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Why is BJJ sold as a “self-defense” art when it does not allow slams?

BJJ is a great martial arts for MMA, but unlike other arts, BJJ often sells itself as being particularly focused on "self-defense". If that is the case, why does the art not allow slams? I know ...
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Effectiveness of Bujinkan Ninjutsu

There is a lot of mixed feeling online whether ninjutsu would work well in a street fight or a self-defence scenario. Ninjutsu is a very unconventional form of martial arts; it's ancient and outdated ...
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Is there any practical use for high kicks (e.g. Jodan Mawashi Geri)?

After a good warm-up, I can perform a high mawashi geri pretty easily. Without a warm-up, however, I can barely lift my leg higher than belt level. In a real-life situation, you won't have any time to ...
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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu against multiple attackers

This is something that has been on my mind for quite awhile now, so I'm hoping I can get a clear answer. Say that I was getting attacked by more that one person and I know BJJ, would it be my best bet ...
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Best self defence Martial Art for small woman? [duplicate]

I am a highschool girl, and I need to learn how to defend myself. I’ve looked into Muay Thai but I want to find something fit for me: I’m small - skinny and short. I am very agile but I lack strength. ...
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Could BJJ be used by itself as self defense?

I've been doing BJJ for about 2 years, and I've started thinking about its role in self defense. Could it be used by itself for self defense against a single attacker without any other forms of ...
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Would women with large breasts be able to fight?

Soo... I don't have a big chest. But all the girls I've known with them complain about this or that pain :-/. It's normal to see ladies with remarkable structure going kung-fu crazy and being totally ...
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Styles associated with Hard style martial arts?

First, let me define hard style. So, most martial arts have a soft and hard version of practicing them. Soft style would be doing the minimal harm to get out of a situation; while hard style is ...
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Is 'pressure point' striking a useful skill to know in a street fight?

And if so how far into human anatomy should you go? I know obviously aim for the jaw or back of the ear, and know certain spots on the body like the liver and solar plexus for winding the person. Does ...
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Are there personal defense moves that a woman can learn to defend against sexual assault? [closed]

I met a young girl (19 years old at the time of writing) the other day who told me she had been sexually assaulted in the past. This made me very angry because she's a wonderful girl; for that to ...
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What's a strong attack to use when running away? [closed]

I have never done martial arts. I have never done self defence. But I have a long list of things that I WISH you would teach. This is one: Suppose that you are attacked in the street and you run away....
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Best way to control a gun holder from his back [closed]

An assailant with a gun is threatening someone from a distance. You are behind the assailant. What is the best way to use Krav Maga techniques to control and disarm him so that he won't harm you and ...
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Modern day Muay Thai useful for self defence

Today’s Muay Thai focuses mainly on training for ring fights so is seen rather as a sport than a form of self defence. Ancient Muay Thai however, such as Muay boran focused mainly on self defence ...
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Looking at martial arts [duplicate]

I have been researching several martial arts facilities in my area. I am looking for something that will help me in real life situations, become more disciplined mentally and psychologically, get into ...
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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 physical assault ("violence with injury") as recorded by the police can be relatively rare ...
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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 ...