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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Tactical flashlight vs martial arts for self defense?

I watched a YouTube video where some martial arts guy compared "martial arts weapons" with modern self-defense weapons (possibly this one). The guy he did this with, apparently some "...
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What is the general rule in the Martial Arts world regarding eye contact? Is making eye contact good or bad for avoiding fights?

I am currently studying and researching good self defence techniques, and the subject of eye contact has arisen. I found on this Martial Arts forum here that one of the users claims that his Master ...
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How do you train concepts for breath work during an actual fight for self-defense?

What can you tell me about breath work for times of self-defense? How would I prepare and train for a sudden ambush? There are current concepts I could call technology except it is in the form of ...
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Is “split-step” used or can it be used in martial arts or self-defense?

Would there be any use for the split-step or the principles it uses in martial arts or self-defense? Is anything like that utilized in martial arts or self-defense?
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How do I suddenly push someone away fast and hard?

If a man suddenly rushes at me, how do I push him away fast and hard?
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Martial Arts Forms that can be practised at home without tools

I am new to the world of Martial Arts, every since my childhood, learning one has captivated me. But due to lack of financial means I couldn't. Now as an adult I am still eager to learn one. I want to ...
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Can fighting in a confined space be a realistic strategy?

I've been watching the following breakdown of Jet Li's famous final fight in the Kiss of the Dragon, and it made me question whether if you're being attacked by a certain type of opponent if a viable ...
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What should I do about a bully at work? [closed]

In my work, there is a person that disturbs me really harshly: he always bumps into my shoulder on purpose, he always curses me when he sees me, he always does from distance moves like he is punching ...
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Do you find HEMA unarmed tactics viable self defense?

Do you find HEMA unarmed tactics viable self defense? Stuff like turn of the century pugilism, Grappling, Baritsu. I find the weapons and unarmed combats to look very very interesting but are they ...
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Teaching self defense techniques to people with arthritic joints in hands and elbows

I had a talk with a pupil a couple of weeks ago about, who complained that she did not have the finger strength to grip an attacker for a subsequent sweep, because of arthritis. My suggestion to her ...
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Efficient small joint manipulation?

(I understand that this scenario is unrealistic. This discussion is based purely on theory.) Let's say, if such an opportunity presents itself in an unregulated fight, what is the most effective and ...
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Is there ever a reason for higher-than-eyes guard?

When punching, the face is a high value target - thus it's a good idea that the hands, when not used, be parked somewhere in front of it. However: they obstruct vision there are other high value ...
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How do you deal with bullies?

What is the most effective way to stop bullying or cope with it? I am not asking about a fighting solution, since fighting gets you in trouble and is generally impossible to achieve 100% of the time. ...
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Are physical attributes important in a fight?

Are things like strength, speed, durability, reflexes, agility, lung capacity, cardio, endurance, stamina, and size important in a fight? I am not talking about a small strength/speed/durability/etc. ...
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How to cope with being helpless?

I cannot fight, I cannot run fast or long, and hiding in one place will not save you for long. I am basically helpless against violent situations. How do I cope with being helpless?
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What does it mean to win a fight?

There are a lot of websites out there that tell you how to "win a fight," but they never actually define it. Is it incapacitating an opponent, escaping an opponent, killing an opponent, ...
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How do I stop trying to be unbeatable/invincible?

I always look for an "unbeatable" thing, I sometimes am unrealistic, and I come up with things such as "What if the opponent is stronger than a normal human?" or "How to fight ...
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Is it possible/beneficial to erase the natural "flinch" reaction completely?

By "flinch reaction" I meant flinching and closing your eyes/blinking when you see a strike thrown at you (especially your face). Is it possible to erase the natural "flinch" ...
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Why does curbstomping work?

Why is curbstomping dangerous?
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Which type of knife is the best to carry for self defense?

Assuming you don't have a better weapon/cannot carry a better weapon for self-defense, you cannot run, have the legal right to carry one, and must defend yourself with one; which type of knife is the ...
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The most effective way of striking the groin for a beginner?

In a self defense situation, what kind of groin strikes would be the easiest for a beginner to execute under stress? For example, In terms of kicks, should the toes be pointed up and the heels be used ...
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Is targeting the biceps an effective method of incapacitating the arm?

In the document US Army FM 21-150 Hand to Hand Combat the biceps are listed as vital targets, used mainly to disarm an armed opponent. The problem is, striking the biceps (e.g.with a knife hand / ...
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Self defense with pepper spray

Is there a specialised training for self defense with pepper spray? Obviously, some techniques can be copied from self defense with a gun, but did someone actually worked it out?
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Is Ghost Kick applicable in street fight and how can we defend and anticipate it

Following this video of Ghost Kick. Is there a way to defend and anticipate this kick? Is it applicable to real street fight? Is it the same as close range roundhouse, Brazilian kick and kick from the ...
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Effectiveness of fast and continuous attack?

Let's say, if I am mostly untrained (with strength below-average) and I have a hypothetical strategy involving delivering fast and continuous attacks to the vital (weak) points of the body (not 100% ...
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Ways to incapacitate an opponent with little force?

Is there a way, for people who have comparatively little strength to incapacitate an opponent efficiently through striking certain pressure points in combat? Stuff like eye gouges, palm strikes to the ...
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Street Fight Stance, which ways to rotate hands and fingers

In a street fight without gloves, which way should the hands be turned? Fingers pointing towards you or fingers pointing outwards? I just noticed if the fingers point inwards, they can jab/poke eye ...
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How to train beginners to do basic self defense in a matter of days?

Is there a way that complete beginners (varies in strength and agility) can learn to defend themselves against common attacks / abductions in a few days, given that they do not have access to ...
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Slipping into a target in Boxing vs Real Life Defense

For Boxing and Muay Thai, Slipping requires an athlete to go shoulder to knee, or move forward diagonal left, or forward-diagonal right. In real-life defense situations, is this a good strategy? ...
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Self defense flashlights through car windows

Do these self defense flashlights work well through car windows? Sometimes I have people bang on my car window in the shady parts of town. I definitely don't want to open the window, however want some ...
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Hiding my abilities

Is it normal to hide your fighting abilities in front of people? For example, I don't let my enemies(bullies) know my abilities and pretend to be weak. Do you encourage hiding your abilities in front ...
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If I am in an actual self defense situation, which is better, punching or palm strikes?

Is it overall better to use punches on an assailant or palm strikes? I don't want to break my fingers when punching, but is punching safer? Or should I switch to palm strikes?
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How hard should your knife hand strike be without killing anyone?

In a self defense situation, you might need a knife hand strike, but how hard/soft do you have to strike someone's throat with it to just knock them out without killing? Does it have to be relatively ...
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What can a person being abducted in a car do in self-defense?

I was watching the sad case of Illinois grad student YingYing Zhang being abducted in a car and then later killed by the driver Brendt Christensen, who’s now in prison for life. It makes me wonder: ...
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How to defend a shoulder charge?

This question is similar to this one but looks at a more specific scenario. This question also refers to an everyday/street situation, not a controlled bout, and assumes the opponent is bigger/heavier....
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Questions on street fight tactics in reference to UFC tactics

I noticed some differences between UFC and street fights in terms of tactics after watching some recordings of UFC matches, and I wonder why such differences exist (since those two were kind of ...
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Punch Jab: Where to Place Right Hand during block

Recently I started sparring. In boxing, the athlete who jabs is told to keep right hand tucked at right side of face (pictures below). Just curious, why the right hand isn't taught to be more in ...
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How to react when someone gets in your face

Recently I have faced abuse in an unusual form. The person would place their face very close to mine and would refuse to move in any way. They would block my exit and just keep their face next to mine ...
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How to counter a rear bear hug?

The US Army hand to hand combat manual gave a solution like this: But I guess that won't work if your opponent is shorter/taller than you or they kept their head slightly to the side. So is there a ...
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Do survival schools usually teach self defense?

I've recently watched the movie You're Next where main character Erin, who grew up in a survivalist compound, manages to defend herself against 4 military trained killers. I'm sure some things have ...
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Muay Thai, how to Parry Teep Kick in a Safe way

Does anyone have tips for safely Parrying/Blocking the Muay Thai Teep Front Kick? This is specifically to the parry/hand tactic they teach below. This tactic works in practice, but it seems in a real ...
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How to use an opponents strength and mass against them? [closed]

I frequently spar against heavier, stronger opponents at my MMA gym and I was wondering if I could reverse their strength/weight and use it against them. My instructor said some things about circular ...
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Is Wing Chun trapping effective for self defense against a trained opponent?

I am not a Wing Chun practicioner, but I know a lot of people who swear that Wing Chun is great for self defense. Although I am not an expert in Wing Chun, I have seen that a lot of techniques are ...
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Is it possible to hit someone without training?

I know that training will increase the effectiveness of strikes, but is it still possible to damage someone without training/thinking? Note: this is not subjective, I am asking if it is physically (...
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How to defend yourself in horrible conditions?

I am at a library posting this. I live in a rough neighborhood, and, frankly, the cops can't do much about it. I rarely get enough to eat and I am regularly beat against a wall by some guys in spiked ...
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How to deal with an attacker who isn't fazed by anything you do?

I recently got jumped in a parking lot by 3 guys, but when I tried to use every move I know (which is a lot; I.E. sidekick, elbow strike, knee strike, straight punch) and it did NOTHING!!! My Krav ...
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How to fight even when exhausted?

This is especially important to me because my instructor has us wear masks so I tire much more easily. One of my biggest killers in exhaustion. My instructors have this idea that you should be able to ...
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Is there a way to defense from man on the ground with gun while standing?

There is a situation, while fighting, your opponent falls down and draws out a gun. He is on the ground and you stand up. What is the offered solution for such a situation? Is there any? Is there a ...
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How to defend yourself when everything and everyone doesn't care/work?

Is there a kind of "last resort" for self defense? I have gone to the authorities, other people, and they haven't cared that I was getting beat up. I weigh very little compared to my ...
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Is it possible for your arm to break when blocking punches?

Let's say you are in a hypothetical situation like this: you are facing a stronger opponent throwing a hook punch at you, and the only way to counter it is to block the punch (no protective gear ...
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