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Handling a knife

If their thumb is not locking (on their index finger) its easy to disarm them them, always lock


Handling a gun

Hold in dominant hand,
pointed at the ground
Left hand cups the magazine port from the bottom
Left foot forward, feet at 90 degrees


Where to put your hands when a fight is imminent

Hand Up at ear level
Ready to block at a moment notice


Target knife areas

Inner arm


Guidelines for using your environment in a fight

Any nearby hard surface is a weapon
Any hard, flat object is a blocking/ striking aid, depending on the size


Disabling a handgun

Switch on the upper left side, above the grip is the safety (closest one to the hammer), safty is on when you CANNOT see the red anymore
Button towards the front of the grip, facing trigger is the magazine release. Switches on either side of and slightly above the trigger guard is the dissamebly lever: pull the slide back to eject the final bullet, release, dry-fire the weapon and hold down the trigger, press disassembly levers and pull back the slide until it comes off


Improvised weapons

Cloth (Your shirt, curtains)
Any pointed object (pen, fork, nails, screws)
Flat objects (hardcover books, laptops)
Long cylindrical objects (umbrellas, table legs)


If they're going to hit you, they will...

Move their feet
Turn their body a bit
Take a deep breath
Their face will change to one of frustration


Out of a headlock

Always position your throat in the crevas of their elbow
1) Manipulate pressure points in the hands or wrist
2) Pinch and twist the femoral artery
3) Stomp and crush the metacarples in the feet
4) High speed impact with pressure pionts at the back of the knee


Footing technique

Feet at shoulder width
One in front
One in back
Knee over toe
Back leg slightly bent


Importance of the index finger

Your enemy needs it to hit you back, play their sport, type, click, pick locks, write, and other things.



1) Rising Block
2) Downward block
3) Inward block
4) Outward block
5) Knife-hand Block


Shuffling out of the way

Forward and back- together and appart
If you have to move to the side, its better to angle to the side of your back foot- towards the left


Fist tecnique

Tight fist, hit with the first two knuckles to avoid breaking the rest but still evenly divided the force between the two


Areas to protect

Floating ribs
Collar bones


How to deal with someone after they've attacked you

You have them by the hand, facing down:
1) Break the index finger of the dominant hand (lefty if ink and lead smears on that hand)- cant punch, shoot, lockpick, or type
2) Clean out their pockets
3) Ask for the combo on their phone, turn off "passcode lock" and "find"
4) Take the license from their wallet
5) Explain what's happening- they'll need a duplicate ID, youll return the phone if the behave
6) Make them promise to leave you alone
7) Call the police-from their phone
8) Let them go, they can leave or wait for the police
9) Record their contacts and plant a bug in the speaker- put it somewhere that wont lead back to you
10) Send it back to them after a few days


Gripping someones hand properly

Use opposite hand (if they use their right, you grip with your left) From pinki side, fingers over top- press thumb into muscle where the first two proximal index flanges meet, apply pressure to the other side with your middle finger, and pull all those filanges in your grip together


Your job before they attack, determine what they're about to do

1) Check their feet. The punch they're about to use will be the opposite of the forward foot
2) They're about to punch when they SHUFFLE forward
3) Will almost always pull their punches
4) They will always grimace before they punch you


Get your hands UP

Like you're begging for mercy, shows you're not a threat
Midway between your face and your body
The setup for the perfect inward block


Executing the inward block

Step out of the way with one gentile motion using the opposite foot


Preparing for the punch

1) Hands up
2) Back up put about 3 feet between you and them
2) Step back slightly with your left foot (assuming they'll punch with their right)
3) Shift your weight to your right (assuming they'll punch with their right)
4) Time your block perfectly


The key to effective self defense

Timing, this is why its so important to practicing with a partner


The best self defence, preventing the fight- with class and style

"It only takes one second for me to put you in a position in which I have to drive you to the hospital."


Areas to strengthen

Calf muscles, inner theigh, (leg muscles in general), abdominals, triceps, frontal deltoid, dorsal deltoid, gluteus maximus


Easiest bones to break

Ulna: When extended, apply pressure below the elbow until the olecranon breaks from the ulna


Major arteries

1) Interior of arms
2) Interior of the legs
3) Sides of the neck
4) Entire spine
5) Upper portion of either side of the chest


Top 15 Pressure points

Hit directly at a high velocity, maximum force with a backlash. Impulse with quickest possible period of impact.
1) Either side of the spine (upper and lower back)
2) Back of either knee
3) Any point at the base of the skull
4) Floating ribs- either side of the narrowest part of the body
5) Directly in either nipple
6) Directly where the deltoid connects to the humerous
7) About three inches below the above pressure point on either arm
8) Interior of forearm, about three inches below the elbow joint
9) Upper portion of the forearm, closer to the elbow the better (causes them to automatically let go of anything they're holding)
(done easily with blocking)
(can even break the bone when leveraged properly
10) Lower forearm (interior or exterior), two inches above the wrist
11) Interior theigh, about level with a set of real low hanging balls
12) About 45 degrees from their hip, right where the femur meets the pelvis (about an inch below the edge of their shirt, three inches in front of their pocket
13) Base of the calf muscle
14) Inner ankle and the whole six inches above
15) On foot, most proximal point between the first two metatarsals


Proper choke hold

Always positioned behind them so they don't hit you in the back
Position throat in the joint so that he can still breathe
Compress sides of the carotid artery between your radius and your bicep, press nape forward into choke hold while adding pressure to the sides (right where their beard stops) with your fingers, wait 5 seconds for them to pass out


Target areas

Floating ribs
Collar bones


Things you should never do in the start of the fight

Don't cross your arms
No hands on your hips
No pockets
Don't turn your back
Don't look away
Don't step any closer


Protecting your arms from being grabbed

Quick retraction
Super speed


Hitting the guy in front and coming behind you simultaneously

Always drive your elbow back to hit the guy behind you


Areas to protect in a knife fight

All other areas are expendable, cuts in the following areas will kill you
Interior upperarms and forearms
Use exclusively outward, downward, and rising blocks


They punch before you get your hands up

Step your back (left) foot to your left
Turn it into an outward-block with your right hand
Grab the wrist
Counter strike


Available counter-strikes with their wrist in hand

1) Elbo-breaks
2) Back-fist to the nose
3) Elbo to the nose
4) Fist to the floating ribs
5) Kick out their knee
6) Knife hand to trachea
7) Nape grip and pull into knee-to-gut (can follow this up with a side-thrust kick for the enemy approaching from the right)
8) Sweep the leg


2 or more enemy attackers

One will come from the front, the another will come from behind, classic group attack psychology. The others plan to hold back and come in after the first punch is made; theyre followers, not leaders
Determine which one is going to punch first and which one is going to try and grab you.
Get into position, and block the punch when it comes, and quickly reverse punch elbowing the guy behind you twice.
Shift into reverse stance and knife hand the guy behind you, elbowing the guy you just hit.
As soon as anyone comes from the sides: side thrust kick
The goal: Step forward into outward-block, and throw the attacker into his partner.


Using your shirt as a weapon

Grab from the bottom
With one shrug raise it to your neck
Roll your shoulders forward
Pull over head with your thrumbs,
Pull arms apart to tighten
Twist for extra sterngth
To be used as a whip, blocking chord, strangulation technique, or if you remember the rotational twist with your wrists, a trap for their attacking hand


Defending against a knife in forward grip

If in forward grip (like a hammer),
They will direct all their force with the tip of their weapon, more likely to make wild slashes, dodge out of the way and immeditately
1) 'Clap' the knife away
2) Grip the arm
or 3) hit the Muscle pressure point between the radius and the ulna


First rule of a knife fight

Youre going to be cut, so just be ready, and make sure its nothing vital


Defending against a knife in reverse grip

When in reverse grip (like a lever),
They can either make a precise attack inwards (across the body) wich requires them to open up, allowing you to shift in, OUTWARD BLOCK and strike first, or a stabbing motion inwards or down. Stabbing will require a wind-up upwards or across their body, a signal for you to OUTWARD block or RISING BLOCK


Proper blocking in a knife fight

To avoid major arteries in the arms


Emergency cut first aid

1) Have someone else call the police (especially if your the one thats hurt)
2) Disinfect (Hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol)
3) Keep the cut elevated
4) Cut off Blood flow to the area


The entire time you're in a fight...

Tense your stomach
Bend your knees
Arms are up


Sounce of attacking power

Pushing your back leg (most forceful part of your body) against the ground and carring that force through your upper body and using it to drive your punch