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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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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How to "unify" all martial arts?

If you look at a lot of martial arts they teach many, many different things. How do I create an approach that uses all disciplines? For example, if I were to combine Aikido with MMA with Krav Maga (...
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Is it important to train with poorly weighted swords?

Over the years, I've had many swords I've trained on, light and heavy, good quality and poor, well balanced and poorly balanced, steel of different tempers, and wood. I never felt a decently weighted ...
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Defense against sticks?

Are there possible strategies of defense against an opponent with a moderately light stick in a real life scenario (e.g. baseball bat)? What are the odds of winning the fight? And (just an interesting ...
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Is Kung fu useful for self defense?

I am not an expert in Kung fu, but having seen some tutorials it seems to me that it's useless in a street fight because of the following two reasons. First of all the stances are ridiculous, for ...
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Optimal stance for self defense / street fights?

What is the optimal fighting stance when confronted by an opponent(s) in real life? Currently I'm not quite sure what stance I should use, but I felt like the Wing-Chun stances are safer guards ...
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How to take a beating from a bully?

I was wondering how to take a beating from someone who trains in MMA and Wrestling. There is this guy at my job who regularly follows me home and beats me. I need to know how to take this punishment ...
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Replacing the uppercut with palm strike?

Note: The word "uppercut" below refers to an uppercut to the chin. In the context of self defense (that is to say, no gloves), would it be safer to replace an uppercut with an upward palm ...
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Is it possible to improve without sparring?

I have been practicing martial arts for quite some time (a tiny bit of TKD, and other stuff from the US army documents), and I currently have no opportunity to spar (actually I almost never did) but I ...
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Room 13 (SPECIFIC SENARIO) - How to face multiple attackers simultaneously

Note: This question is based on a very specific senario, therefore not a duplicate of any questions currently on site. Some brief background: Over a decade ago there were an illegal organization using ...
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Kick with front leg vs. back leg

Is it more beneficial to kick with the front leg or the back leg while on a normal fighting stance (e.g. boxing, taekwondo, etc.)? I have practiced tkd for some time and I decided to quit practicing ...
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How to shut down bullies? (Teenagers)

Many boys grow up wrestling and fighting—brothers are notorious for this—although it is not gender exclusive. As one gets older, what was a safe activity becomes increasingly perilous for a number of ...
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How can you withstand a female college student forcefully biting into your arm for 6 seconds?

Please watch https://youtu.be/ylB5EXnT3SA?t=174. This is from the TV series The Americans, Season 6 Episode 5. Paige starts biting — forcefully, it appears — into her dad's arm at 2:55 until 3.01. In ...
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Is it common for your fingers to hurt when practicing hand knife?

I am practicing hand knife strikes (e.g. Brachial stun, strike to pectoral muscle, etc.) on a body opponent bag and the bones of my fingers hurt after practice. Should I just keep on doing this (as ...
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How fast should you be able to kick?

I have practiced TKD for a while and I am wondering at what point are kicks too slow. Let me give an example below: My height is around 176 cm at the moment and I timed both my roundhouse kicks and ...
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Is using the Millwall Brick in a street fight advisable?

I found, in practice, that using something called a Millwall Brick boosts efficiency and effectiveness in striking, and I am thinking about the practicability of its implementation in actual street ...
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How to intuit an expected imminent move or strategy prior to an attack?

One of the benefits of experience, and even age, is familiarity with the types of attacks, the real world situations in which they arise, and how to forestall, defend, and counter. What information ...
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"Warrior Gaze"? Where to look when training and fighting?

I was taught to practice what was termed the "warrior gaze" by a martial uncle. This is described as how to look when in hand to hand combat. Essentially, I was advised not to focus on any ...
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How to escape from a rear headlock while held at gunpoint?

Let's say I came across this kind of situation. What do I do?
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Do pistol disarming techniques work?

A few weeks ago I watched a YouTube video about disarming someone holding a pistol and decided to give the technique a try with my sparring partner. The technique was the most common we see in movies, ...
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How can you escape a man strangling your neck from behind, on the floor?

How could've the naïve deputy in No Country For Old Men (a 2007 film) escaped or saved himself? Apprise me if you know of any source, but this attack appears realistic and must've been tried in real ...
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How should I modify my self-defense strategy if I know I am impaired?

Recently, after having had a drink at a restaurant, and realizing that I was feeling a bit woozy from it, I found myself pondering what exactly would be the best approach if I did get someone picking ...
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What are the most suitable methods for a medical practitioner to use to restrain someone who needs to be treated/sedated?

Consider the situation where a psychiatric nurse or perhaps a paramedic needs to assist in sedating someone. Generally they have several staff restrain the patient pretty much one on each limb. I ...
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Multi-opponent martial arts systems and strategies?

We often think about self defense in terms of a single opponent, but, as anyone who has ever been "jumped" knows, real world situations can easily include multiple opponents. Are there ...
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How is Tai Chi different as a martial art in terms of self defense/combat?

I am doing a lot of research on Tai Chi as a martial art and specifically trying to find out more about its application in a self defense/combat context (whether sparring or street). Watching ...
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Punching bag or cramped space [duplicate]

I'm stuck in my small apartment these days (Covid + there's a lot of snow outside), and I'd like to find a way to set up a punching bag, but I don't have much space and the ceiling doesn't have any ...
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Is there an effective way to defend from a nunchaku?

If someone attacks you with nunchaku, what is the best way to defend yourself?
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Indoors firearms permanent hearing damage [closed]

What permanent hearing loss results from shooting indoors (2-3 shots)? Pistol, revolver, SMG, carabine, hunting rifle? No ear protection.
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One-handed guard?

I have a couple of wildly different use cases for this: home invasion, pistol at the hip, purpose of the guard is to make space and prevent punching and grappling street assault, purpose of the guard ...
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What is the proper technique to draw a gun?

I've been toying with an airsoft pistol. The mental context is reacting to a home invasion a la Memento: multiple armed but misinformed that the flat is going to be empty assailants, very aggressive ...
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How does competition fighting differ from self-defense?

Distinctions are important in any field, and modern martial arts have a variety of functions, including exercise, meditation, learning discipline and physical and mental toughness, sport, performing ...
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"Kill, incapacitate, or come along quietly?"

Has anyone else every heard this maxim in any form? I was taught by an experienced combatant that: "Killing is the lowest level of skill. The ability to incapacitate without killing is a ...
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What techniques would you select if you want to train by yourself only 45 minutes per day and your priority is self defense?

What techniques would you choose to train if your goal is self-defense and you have limited training time? Which would be the most effective techniques from any striking or grappling martial art?
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Is "taking off your jacket" still recommended as the go-to strategy for knife defense?

Is taking off your jacket still recommended as the go-to strategy for knife defense? I’ve had many martial uncles & brothers, including several with not insignificant real-world combat experience,...
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Is a fist with a kubotan effective and does it endanger the user's hand?

As I understand one of the ways of using Kubotan is wrapping it with your fingers, wrapping it like a fist. If you use your fist while holding the Kubotan, do you endanger your hand and fingers? On ...
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What would be the set of martial arts that would be most useful for self defense (and in what sequence)?

I would like to learn how to defend myself in real-life scenarios. In order to do that, I decided to learn the following martial arts in the order I outlined. I would like these martial arts to be ...
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Is it effective to use a carabiner as tool in real fight?

Following this video. Is it effective to carry and use a carabiner as self defense in real fight? Does it endanger your knuckles and could it break them when you hit your opponent? If it is ...
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What is the best way to "Hit hard targets soft and soft targets hard" (in order to avoid injury in fight)?

I learnt this phrase from @Philip Klöcking. He explained: hit hard targets soft and soft targets hard, ie. slaps to the head, punches to the torso, kicks to the thighs. Same goes for blocks/parries. ...
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Is it possible to fight while unconscious?

In some anime or manga, characters have powers like berserk or the exceptionally strong will to fight even after he or she fainted. For example, Rock Lee from anime Naruto can do it with his muscle ...
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Placebo in Martial Arts

Martial arts is often linked with self defence and the ability to fight people for good, especially in movies 😜. This made me wonder if there exists some kind of martial arts placebo, such as a kind ...
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Has a trained martial artist ever used their hair to gain advantage or attack opponents?

This may sound silly, but I'm wondering if it's possible to use your hair as a weapon in a self defense situation. Perhaps as a hair-whip? I understand that long hair is often a liability in a fight, ...
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Which martial art uses "knee on neck" to subdue an opponent?

What martial art uses "knee on neck" to subdue an opponent, and where would you find a training partner to let you practice such a deadly move? [Update] This is not a move that I would ever practice. ...
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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. ...