Attacking the typical high value targets on a larger man can sometimes be difficult. When high value targets are well protected you must look for other available targets. In some cases the feet can be an excellent choice. First off, they are rarely protected. Second, breaking the small bones of the feet or causing soft tissue damage in the foot can slow or immobilize an attacker, making your escape much easier.
In the video above, Bob Taylor explains how easy it can be to attack the feet of a larger attacker. In this example Bob is wearing boots with a raised heel. The heel of a boot amplifies the effect of this type of attack, making it much more painful and damaging.
If you wear boots you should keep this in mind, just one more improvised weapon you may have never thought of. If however, you don’t wear boots this technique can still work, it will simply require more force.
One of the key aspects to making this attack succeed is protecting yourself while you are making the attack. To do this you should keep a few things in mind. First, a distraction technique before you strike is always a good idea. Second, you need to get in close to the attacker preventing him from using effective punches.
This technique is perfect if you get into a shoving match with a larger attacker. While I typically don’t advocate getting tied up up with an attacker it sometimes happens despite your best attempt to end it quickly.
If you get into a shoving match with an attacker who outweighs you, it’s pretty likely that you’ll lose. This technique takes advantage of that fact, turning the larger attacker’s momentum into a devastating weapon.
It works great and unlike some throws and take-downs it’s simple to learn and easy to use on the street. Many wrestling style take-downs put you on the ground with the guy; that’s great if your on a mat, but dangerous on the street. This move puts him on the ground with you on your knee so you can still escape quickly. When done right, it also orients your body so that you are by his head. His feet won’t be able to trip you while you escape and his arms will be in a weak position.
This throw is very likely to end the confrontation. If you are on concrete or another hard surface the attacker is going to be stunned from the collision with the ground, most likely affording you enough time to escape or deal with other oncoming attackers.
If a speedy escape is not possible, or you need to contain the attacker to allow loved ones to escape first then this self defense move sets up a ton of possible follow up strikes. Aside from the follow up moves Mr. Ailes shows in the video you can also throw a hammer fist to the jaw or nose, a blade hand strike to the throat, you can get to your feet and kick or stomp, and any other combo you can think of.
This surprise Drop-Out technique is just one of the many fight moves Bob Taylor teaches that are specifically designed to work when you are clearly the “little guy” in the fight. Because of the reach disadvantage it can be difficult to get in close enough for an eye or throat strike without taking a beating from a taller man’s strong punches.
The drop-out bypasses one of the bigger man’s main advantages and as Bob explains in the video he simply won’t expect you to drop down and attack his low line this way. Big guys are used to ending the fight using their superior reach, this moves pulls the rug out from under them suddenly your are in close and their punches are no good.
As Bob Taylor shows in the video an elbow strike to the inside of the knee or inner thigh will start things off with a nice shot of pain and hopefully put him off balance. From there you have several options. You can strike the inside of the opposite thigh, go for a straight blast of chain punches into the groin, grab and twist the going, or grab a leg and throw your shoulder into it for a quick take down.
In all of this, it’s important that you stay close to the attacker and work quickly. He will be attempting to strike you. The closer you are to him the less effective his strikes will be, especially if you have his legs and hips immobilized (legs and hips are where the power of a punch comes from).
The most important thing is to work quickly. This move is most effective with the element of surprise. You want to take him down before he has a chance to figure out what you are doing. The key is practicing this technique a few times so that if and when you need it this moves will be automatic. As you know, when crunch time hits you won’t have time to stop and think.
Hair pulling is a very effective down-and-dirty street fighting move, which I encourage you to learn, but this video is not about using hair pulling. No, this video is about defending against it. Hair pulling can be defended against and defeated if you act quickly. In the video above body guard, martial artist, and security expert Mark Parra shows you how.
The first thing to keep in mind is that hair pulling is a pain and control type of move. Very effective for this specific purpose, but it does not diminish your ability to strike the attacker. The key is acting quickly. As shown in the video above you’ll want to simultaneously shed the hand grabbing the hair and strike your attacker in a high value target. In this case the throat is chosen but could easily be swapped with an eye gouge or ear slap (whichever target is open at the moment is best). When shedding the hand holding your hair you are going to likely loose some hair in the process. Nevertheless, you must be forceful with the shedding move.
The message to the attacker is “you grab my hair I crush your trachea.” When done correctly he will suddenly be the distracted one giving you the split second advantage you need to follow up your initial strike with more punishing moves.
In the video Mark shows you how to follow up with a groin strike and elbow to the jaw. In many cases your escape may be possible after the initial throat strike but don’t count on it. Practicing these follow up moves will ensure that you know what to do even if things don’t go right (they often don’t).
For more of Mark Para’s quick and simple responses to violent attackers click here.
When it comes to hand to hand combat its tempting to focus to much on the “moves.” While having a simple set of end it now fight moves up your sleeves is absolutely necessary you simply cannot forget about the psychological side of a fight. The psychological side of self defense and combat is what enables you to put your knowledge and skills into action during the massive adrenaline dump that occurs in a life and death situation. For that reason the psychological side of combat is covered in nearly every one of my DVDs.
There are many strategies that prepare your mind for battle, but the video above is a great place to start. As Demi Barbito explains in this clip, a simple tweak in the way you think about an attacker can completely change the way you perceive the threat.
For many of us the thought of someone fighting us brings up drastically different emotions than the thought of someone attacking those we hold most dear. A guy yelling and threatening me may ruffle my feathers, if he is bigger than me I may start to wonder “can I take this guy” etc. However, a guy doing the same thing directed at my wife…I can tell you right now the size of the guy will be an afterthought. As strange as it may seem, protecting those you love (especially women and children) can be much more primal and instinctual than protecting our own skin.
The instant primal aggression and focus that occurs for most of us when our loved ones are threatened needs to be harnessed and honed into a tool that can be used whenever we need it. When you learn to bring up this kind of primal drive at will it becomes psychological ammunition. When combined with brutal self defense techniques your new found psychological ammunition will enable you to survive, dominate and ultimately escape violent confrontations against larger and stronger attackers.
Want some brutal techniques to pair with your new found psychological ammo? Check out Demi’s Killer Instinct DVD package. You’ll be glad you did.
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