Self Defence the Body’s Vital Areas

Self Defence the Body’s Vital Areas

EYES             Jabs and fingers can cause immense pain and tear ducts produce water. Only use when in extreme danger but extremely effective.

NOSE             Hitting the nose is very painful and again causes tears.

JAW               A good hit can lead to unconsciousness. However, it is a hard bone to attack.

TEMPLE       A vital point on the body and thinnest part of the skull to the brain. Hitting here is extremely dangerous.

TORSO          Hitting the solar plexus, if you are not trained, is very difficult to achieve. A big factor as well is the fitness of the attacker.

HANDS          Fingers can be bent back to inflict pain.

GROIN           One of the most vulnerable points on a man and woman. Only attack when feeling extremely threatened.

THIGH           Can cause a dead leg.

SHIN              Can cause extreme pain but no permanent damage.  

TOP FOOT   Attacking the ankle and the top of foot is easy to do and can cause a lot of pain.



HEAD             The hardest part of your skull is the back. Very effective when your attacker is behind at close range.

TEETH          Even though most people wouldn’t think about biting it is a fast way of causing an incredible amount of pain. However if you have to use this as a last resort don’t let go.

HANDS          Punch – Not advisable as it takes years to perfect the technique.

                        Finger Jab – Most effective in the eyes, make it a fast smapping motion.

                        Palm Heel – Effective up underneath the jaw and easier than a punch to use.

ELBOWS      The most lethal and easiest weapons to use on the body.

KNEES          Used for close combat and every effective.

FEET             Good for stamping and kicking the shins.


SEXUALLY MOTIVATED ATTACKS – Unwelcome arm round shoulders.

Shrug them off, if this persists use a single technique to warn them. An elbow to the solar plexus, use hips to increase power.



If you have been knocked down you need to keep defending yourself. Pivot on your back so that your feet are facing your opponent and keep kicking out to prevent yourself, using your elbows for leverage.

If you can’t get into this position and there are a number of attackers you need to protect your internal organs. If you can get your back against a wall or under a table to try and protect some part of your body do this. If not curl into a ball and cover your head with your arms and bring your knees up to protect your internal organs as best as possible. The longer you are on the ground the more vulnerable you are.


With strangle holds you must counterattack very quickly. Strangling cuts off the blood and oxygen supply to your brain making it potentially fatal. Turn your neck as fast as possible and throw your weight to one side, or attack the groin or eyes. If this doesn’t work try collapsing it is unlikely that an attacker will be able to hold up your body weight. Once you have found a target like the groin or eyes it’s important that you take your chance and don’t stop until they let go and cannot attack you again.


If you are a lone driver, who is attacked in a car, you need to get attention quickly, either by blowing the horn or driving into another car. It is best to try and avoid this situation, always lock doors especially when you know you have to stop at traffic lights and such.


Where weapons are concerned try and avoid them at all costs. In this day and age weapons include bottles, knives and guns. Knives can come in any direction and can easily be concealed and easy to get hold of.

If someone attacks you with a weapon and asks for money, then just give them it. Being injured possibly killed for money is not worth it. Always be aware of the weapon and where it is. Many attackers have no intention of using a weapon, it’s simply used for the scare factor. However if they are backed into a corner they may be forced to use it. Always give them an escape route as though they are in control.

Your mental attitude towards self defence is the most important. Broken bones can heal reasonably quickly, however emotional and mental scars can last a lifetime.

If you are ever unfortunate enough to be involved in an attack you must be able to live with yourself afterwards. Giving up and knowing you could have done more will eat away at you, whereas if you were determined and tried your very best, no matter what the outcome, it will make the after effects easier.

Attackers have no right to hurt anyone in any way they are trying to violate, injure, steal from you, possibly kill you. You need to be strong, determined and look for your opportunity and when you get it most the most of it. Even if they get the better of you, it’s important that you tried your best because you could live with yourself afterwards a lot easier.