Most situations won’t call for you to ever use any kind of self-defense, but every now and then, there may be a time where you need to defend yourself from someone. Unfortunately, we live in a world where we aren’t always safe, and there may not be someone near you that’s able to or willing to help. That’s why it’s important to know how to take care of yourself should the situation ever arise. In today’s blog, Front Sight Protection, the providers of the best executive protection services in Southern California, will go over the basics of self-defense so that you know how to help yourself if you should ever need it.

Before we get started though, we would like to say that the best way to help keep yourself safe is through prevention and de-escalation. Before going out, make sure you know the area you’re going to well enough that, should something happen, you know where to go for help. Travel in large groups to deter potential thieves, and don’t wear expensive or flashy jewelry when traveling alone. Should someone approach you in a violent way, try to stay calm and talk through the situation if possible.

If you can’t talk your way out of a situation, and someone is demanding that you turn over your money and/or personal belongings, know that your life is more valuable than any amount of money, jewelry, or gadgets that you might have. Self-defense should be used as a last resort, only when de-escalation and escape are no longer options.

With that being said, let’s get into the basics of self-defense should you not be able to talk through or escape a certain situation.

How to Punch

Though it might look easy to do, if you’re not trained or have experience throwing a proper punch, then you may end up doing more harm to yourself than your attacker.

First off, never have your thumb inside your fist when throwing a punch. Should you make contact with someone or something, chances are you’ll have enough force going into your punch to break your thumb. When making a fist, act like you’re giving a thumbs up sign to someone by curling your four fingers tightly into the palm of your hand. Rest the tops of your fingers near the base of each digit, then curl your fingers into your palm, resting your thumb on the outside of your pointer finger on each hand.

Second, when throwing a punch, angle your fist so that you’re primarily using your knuckles when you make contact with someone, specifically the larger of the four on your pointer and middle fingers. Because these knuckles are bigger, the chances that you hurt your own hand when punching is diminished. If you don’t feel comfortable punching, open hand chops or palm strikes are also viable striking options.

Third, know that punching someone is most likely going to hurt you as well. Because your knuckles are smaller bones, and you’re applying a large force to something usually much bigger, you may cause damage to yourself as well. If you can, aim for softer targets on the body that will still hurt someone should you strike them, such as the stomach, neck, and groin. You can also consider using other, much larger parts of your body to deal damage, such as elbows and knees.

Finally, don’t hold back. If you’ve tried and failed to deescalate the situation or get away, then your attacker is clearly not in the right state of mind and most likely won’t be holding back themselves. Use as much power as you can in your strikes to deal as much damage as possible. Then, when you subdue your attacker or have the opportunity to do so, be sure to get away and go somewhere safe.

Go for the Weak Points

While it may not be considered “right” to go for these areas outside of a life-threatening or life-altering confrontation, if the situation calls for it and your life depends on it, do not be afraid to target the weak areas on a person’s body in order to ensure your life and well-being stay in tact.

If your attacker is close enough, there are several areas on the head that you can target. The eyes, nose, ears, and neck are all susceptible and are usually left open by overconfident attackers, especially when they’re in close. A quick jab or elbow to the nose or throat could subdue your attacker long enough for you to get away and head for safety. Poking, scratching, or, should you absolutely need to, gouging at the eyes can be all you need to get away. And while you may not realize it, the ears can be hit hard enough to cause temporary disorientation, which could open up a big enough window for you to deliver a decisive blow or to get away.

If you’re looking to keep some distance from your attacker, but you still want to do enough damage so that they stay away, then a hit to the groin is debilitating no matter who’s attacking you. A kick or using a long object like a stick is the best way to keep your distance and do damage, but a punch or elbow can also be used to cause damage to your attacker.

Should your upper body be immobilized, and reaching the groin area isn’t possible, you do have other targets you can exploit on the lower body. A hard stomp on someone’s foot will cause a lot of pain, especially when you use a lot of force and the heel of your foot. Shin bones are some of the most exposed bones on the body, and a swift strike to those will cause a lot of pain. You can also hit either knee, which, when hit hard enough, will cause pain and will most likely force your attacker to lose balance.

While each situation that may call for you to use self-defense will be different, the information above will help you build a strong foundation to keep yourself safe. If you need executive protection services in Southern California, then the experts at Front Sight Protection are ready to help you. Learn more about our executive protection agency, see what kind of other services we can offer you, or contact Front Sight Protection to get started with your services today.