Effective Targets of the Body
As much as you learn how to execute a specific move on an assailant, when confrontations occur, everything becomes a blur and there are only a few seconds to act. While having the proper training and endurance might be ideal, for the average woman, their energy may run from the rush of adrenaline and fear that kicks in. For that reason, it is best to understand the most effective locations to target on a body to make sure every move counts.
- Eyes: Going for the eyes may seem like a given, but so many fail to take note of going for this part of the body in the heat of the moment. By aiming for the assailants’ eyes, you increase your chances to momentarily disable his vision, which in turn can help with making the next move or possibly getting away.
- Neck: The side of the neck consists of the carotid artery and jugular vein – two areas, if hit with enough force, can instantly stun the opponent. By striking the assailant with a knife hand (thumb should be tucked into the hand with the rest of the fingers stiff and extended straight, held tightly together), you can manage to disable any potential attacks.
- Knee: So many of us forget that our knees are what holds us together. This spot serves as a great location to kick, since it can be struck from any direction and with enough force, will either severely injure or immobilize the attacker. Additionally, unlike the other areas near the head which require you to be closer to the opponent, the knee is a spot that can be attacked from a distance. It is particularly useful to go for the side or back of the knee to make the assailant lose balance.
- Groin: In a real-life situation where an attacker is out to get you, many women should think of the worst-case scenario – death or rape. Although targeting this area may seem a bit harsh, the assailant has forfeited any level of courtesy the moment they chose to attack. Like the knee, there is more room to keep a distance and going straight for the groin increases the likeliness of truly immobilizing the attacker.