With violent crimes such as home invasions and swarmings increasing at a staggering rate, if you're over fifty and alone, it might not be a bad idea to learn some basic self-defence tactics. You never know when they might come in handy. And even if you never have to use it, the increased confidence you get may be enough to stave off potential confrontations that aren't as dangerous as they could have been.
It's understandable that a lot of people our age would object to the idea of learning some basic self-defence by proudly stating they abhor violence in any form and refuse to learn it on this principle. While I applaud your conviction, try telling it to the man who decides to take advantage of you in some dark parking lot. It may not be enough to make him change his mind from his original intentions.
The Secret Power Of Simple Self-Defence Tactics is a practical guide to where and how to hit numerous pressure points on the human body. There are lots of pressure points and lots of way to strike them. You don't need to learn them all, but certainly a few of the more practical ones would help.
A little common sense goes a long ways too. For example, he mentions using a thumb-strike to the windpipe. A couple of problems I would see with this is:
- you miss OR
- you don't miss and crush his cartilage
I think a better way would be to form a Y with your hand; your thumb being one side of the Y and the four fingers being the other side. This would mean less chance you would miss, and next to no chance of killing your attacker. You want to disable him enough to be able to get out of the situation. You don't want to be responsible for killing anyone.
Another one of the pressure points is the attackers temple. Yes, the bones are weak at this point on the head, and a hammer-fist blow to this area could cause unconsciousness or if you severed the artery that runs through this area... even death. But to attempt this without being a trained fighter is not a good defence tactic. Chances are you could have your punch blocked, or you could miss (it is a small target) or you could damage your hand. When two hard objects collide -- something has to give.
The book is only 56 pages long. There are lots things it doesn't cover. It doesn't show you how to hold your hand for knife-hand-strikes or how to hold your hand for hammer-fist blows. So the best thing to do when reading this book is concentrate on soft areas of the body that you can hit hard. Soft areas give, hard areas don't; it will mean less chance of hurting yourself. And, at the same time, if you happen to have access to anything that could be used as a weapon, like an umbrella, briefcase, or a large rock on the ground, don't hesitate to use these things first.
I know, when I mention using an umbrella, that several TV sitcoms come to mind where you see some old lady beating off an attacker by hitting him over the head. But at the same time, it can be used effectively by using the point end to strike into the solar plexus, or if the attacker is close, by bringing it up forcefully under his legs or driving it down on top of his instep. Then, rather than stand there and break what's left of it over his back, it might be a good time to scream and run.
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One of the best ideas presented is to not be afraid to strike first.
The person who is going to attack you is confident that you will be their victim. They aren't likely a trained fighter; just bigger and more powerful than you. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, there isn't any sense in waiting until they start the attack. Strike first. If you hit one of the pressure points as described in this book, there is a good chance it will give you enough time to remove yourself from the situation.
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