You spot a man around ten paces behind you while you’re making your way home late at night. You continue to go forward at a faster speed. Although a confrontation is the last thing you want, could you protect yourself in the worst-case scenario? It’s important to ask that question.

Avoiding violence at all costs is the best response to a threat. Running is perfectly OK, especially if it allows you to flee.

But there are certain basic self-defence techniques you can learn to use when the going gets tough (literally speaking).

There are some prerequisites that one should know.


  1. Learn about the “weak points.”

One crucial idea to remember before we begin is this: “At the core of any effective reaction is striking the body’s sensitive parts.

This sensitive part includes the following:

  • eyes
  • nose
  • ears
  • jaw
  • throat
  • groin
  • knees
  • Achilles tendon

In essence, it refers to the body portions that cannot be strengthened, no matter how much you exercise. Therefore, regardless of how ripped your opponent is, they are still weak in certain places, allowing you a chance to defend yourself and flee.

  • Learn how to form the ideal fist to defend yourself.
  • Clench your hand: Start by making a tight fist with your hand.
  • Position your thumb: Make sure your thumb is positioned on the outside of your fingers and not tucked inside the fist. This will help prevent injury to your thumb.
  • Straighten your fingers: Straighten your fingers, keeping them together and tightly clenched.
  • Align your knuckles: Your knuckles should be aligned vertically, with the middle knuckles being the highest. This will allow you to strike with the strongest part of your hand.
  • Relax your wrist: Keep your wrist relaxed and avoid locking it. This will help absorb shock and prevent injury.

Following are four basic krav maga techniques

  • Kick the groin

When in doubt, kick the groin with all the force and speed you can muster.

Start with your dominant leg (the one you’ll kick with) behind you in a staggered posture facing your attackers. Put your quads and hip flexors to work.

Leaning back slightly from the waist can help you maintain balance as you kick your leg straight out and upward. Kick your attacker’s legs in the middle, connecting your shin to the groin.

Contrary to what you might have seen in the movies, your shin will have the greatest impact when you aim. Bonus: It’s impossible to miss because your shin has a larger surface area.

  • Stop an outside strike.

This fundamental defensive maneuver shields you from blows, such as slaps, punches, and baton waves, when an aggressor approaches you from the front.

How your body responds to aggression can significantly change by regularly practicing your defences. Being struck in the face is far worse than being struck in the arm. 


Bring your arms out in front of you as the attacker gets closer, fingers outstretched and elbows slightly bent. Raising your forearm inside your attacker’s approaching arm will stop him and prevent him from hitting your face.


Make a tight fist with your other hand and simultaneously hit your assailant in the nose, jaw, or throat, depending on which soft facial tissue is available.

  • Escape a bear hug

Put your arms up against the sides of your body if someone grabs you from behind.

Imitate a quick squat to drop your weight quickly; this lowers your center of gravity and makes it much more difficult to lift or move you.

With your feet wider than hip-width apart, shift your hips to the side so you have a direct path to your attacker’s groin with your hand. Using an open palm, strike hard and fast until his grip releases.

Leaning slightly forward, spin to face your adversary and fling your elbow back to his belly. Run if you can, or carry on the attack by throwing punches at vulnerable areas.

  • Escape a two-handed choke from behind.

You must take quick action if you feel hands around your neck from behind. Not to scare you, but there can be serious dangers, including cutting off your breathing supply. Fortunately, there is a way out. 

Raise the arm on the side of the behind-you leg that is stumbling. Raise your left arm if your left leg is a little off-balance behind you. Straighten out the arm (we’ll use the left) from the bicep to the ear.

Step your corresponding leg behind the other. In this example, you would cross the left leg behind the right. Turn back, rotating in the direction of your raised arm (turning over your left shoulder) quickly and aggressively.

Apply as much pressure and body weight as possible on your assailant’s wrists. You ought to be free from the bottleneck at this point. Attack the attacker’s weak points or flee.


Even a simple introduction to a new form of self-defence is preferable to no defence in a dangerous scenario. However, we certainly hope you’ll never need to use these tactics. If you are looking for self-defence classes, then contact us now.

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