Self-defense moves everyone should know

Although we often do not want to hear it, we do not live in a safe world. Every time we walk the streets, enter a dark underground garage or an ally or decide to go jogging on our own, we put our well-being at risk. This is why it is extremely important that you know how to defend yourself. Maybe you will never use those skills, but it is convenient to have them, just in case. If you have been taking boxing or capoeira classes since you were a kid, by now you have learned everything you need to know to defend yourself. In case wrestling was your sport of choice, you can click here to find out more about the ways you can use those skills to your advantage. However, if you have never stepped into a ring or even a fitness center, there are several nifty little moves you can use to stop your attacker from hurting you. Keep in mind that before that person has gained full control of you, you need to do everything in your power to inflict injury so you can get away. Therefore, aiming for the parts that can easily be injured is your best option, so go for the eyes, nose, ears, neck, groin, knee, and legs.



Bear in mind that this is not a fair fight, and there are no rules you need to follow when your life is in danger. Therefore, nothing is off the table, not even gouging, poking, or scratching the attacker’s eyes. We all know that our eyes are a very sensitive part of the body (hey, even a tiny eyelash or a speck of dust can make you tear up in a second) so do not hesitate to aim for them. Use your fingers to interfere with the attacker’s vision, and you just might create the opportunity to escape.


If you have ever been hit in your nose you know how much that hurts. So, if the attacker is standing in front of you, use the heel of your palm to strike up under their nose. In order to cause some serious pain, throw your whole weight into that move. In case the attacker is behind you, you can use your elbow. Just remember to aim for the nasal bones and they will be forced to loosen their grip on you.


You have probably seen many movie scenes where just one punch to the side of the neck left the person lying on the floor. This move is convenient because the carotid artery and jugular vein are both located there, so if your attacker is holding the knife you can temporarily stun them with this move. For the biggest effect make sure to hold your fingers straight and tightly together.


If you have the opportunity, try to kick your attacker in the knee. This part of the body is vulnerable from every side, so you can easily cause some damage. If you wish to partially incapacitate your attacker, try to kick the side of the knee, because aiming for the front is less likely to make them lose balance.

Use your body as well as everyday objects

If you want to cause the most damage, use your body’s built-in weapons, such as your elbows, knees, and head. In case you have a jacket with pockets or a bag with you, don’t hesitate to use objects you can find in there to cause pain. For example, your keys, perfume, deodorant or your hairspray can help you defend yourself from the attacker. Even by throwing some dirt from the ground into their eyes you can impair their vision and help yourself escape.

Maybe you will never have to use these moves, but knowing them will definitely help you feel safer when you are alone.

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