7 Self-Defense Techniques That Every Woman Must Know

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Victor Lyalko, an acknowledged martial arts master, wrote a book wherein he described the most effective methods of self-defense that will help women if they’re attacked.


Here are the easiest and most effective moves for different situations. Any woman can do these techniques no matter how big or heavy the attacker is.



1.For beginners, memorize the susceptible places.

The size of your attacker doesn’t matter because you can beat anyone if you know where the most susceptible spots are. The main ones are the eyes, nose, throat, chest, knees, and groin.


You can attack these in any way you want, but to be on the safe side, you have to bear in mind that the most effective moves are targeted at these areas.



2.The simplest and most effective moves:

One of the best moves that will make any giant attacker whimpers or drops to his knees clutching the wrist. Take hold of his little finger and his ring finger using one hand, and his middle and index finger with the other and then bend the wrist forward.


In case you can’t grab your opponent’s hand, hit him using a fist or with a finger between the collarbones or into his Adam’s apple. This will let you puzzle your opponent enough that it will take him a long time to return to his senses.



The most noticeable area of an attack is the groin. All self-defense courses advise targeting this area. Hitting the groin will literally paralyze the attacker and you will have just ample time to escape.



3. If you were grabbed from the front:

Just in case you were grabbed from the front and you can’t lift your hands, do these: move your hands forward and make a fist in front of your pelvis. This will create sufficient room between you and the attacker.


After that, hit the attacker’s nose using your forehead. This will make the attacker move away from you. At this point, hit him in the groin with your knee.


If there is still some space between you and the attacker, there’s a way you can defend yourself using your palm. Straighten your left arm and hit the attacker on his chin and nose with your right arm. Afterwards, hit him in the groin. This way the attacker will be bewildered for a long time and he won’t be capable of moving.



4. How to free your hands

You can effortlessly escape a stronghold if you remember the “rule of thumb”: rotate your arm to the side of the attacker’s thumb.  If he’s holding your arm strongly, rotate your wrist toward the thumb. When your arm is under the attacker’s, pull your arm as intensely as you can.



5. If you’re grabbed from behind:

Most of the time, attackers come from the back because this is the easiest way to hold the victim’s arms so that they won’t be able to move. To set yourself free, quickly bend back and try to hit the attacker using the back of your head. It’s okay if you can’t do it: the point is to make the attacker put one of his legs forward.


Now rapidly bend down, snatch his leg and get up pulling it with you. Now the attacker will lose balance and you’ll be capable of dropping even the biggest opponent.



6. If you were approached and grabbed from the side:

An elbow hit is one of the most hazardous hits in all kinds of martial arts. This is accurately the hit you need if you’re approached from the side.


Hit the attacker’s temple, jaw, or nose with a curved move. After this, the attacker will take a few steps back. Afterwards, hit him in his belly or chest. Elbow hits are so heavy-duty that they will disorient any opponent.



7. If you were pushed against the wall:

Most often, attackers try to corner their victims or push them against a wall. In this circumstance, it’s essential to remember the weakest places and hit one of them be contingent on your position.


  • If both of the attacker’s arms are up, then straighten your palm and hit him in the armpit.
  • If one of your arms is down, there is a possibility that you can hit the opponent in his chest, neck, or jaw.
  • But one of the most operational and powerful hits is a hit using your head. Squat a little to be lower than the opponent. Then rapidly jump up and hit him in the jaw using your forehead. This move will promptly puzzle the attacker and give you a chance to escape.


Hopefully, you’ll never have to use these moves, but just in case you find yourself in a threatening situation, always remember the vulnerable areas! Share this with your family and friends!


Based on materials from Brightside

Illustrated by Germielyn Balondo for Meow Gag




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