How To Defend Yourself Against Attacks

 By: Tauqeer Hassan
The technique of martial artists and full contact sport buffs build on offensive and defensive moves for scoring points and prevent the opponent from scoring. Skills of offensive and defensive nature are useful for self defense. It will give you a sense of self confidence when you will know how to defend against hostile attacks.

Tip 1: Anticipate the attack
When you expect an attack, you can switch from defense into offense. There are kicks, punches, and takedown maneuvers that will leave the attacker wide open for you to counter. On seeing the coming attack and using the short window of reaction time to think of a way self protection will be helpful in protecting yourself in times of danger.

Tip 2: Block and avoid
You can block an attack taking the force of the blow. Although there are also attacks that have very strong force which can cause injuries if they are tried to block.

Avoiding an attack is more effective to defend oneself from an oncoming attack. This is helpful to make another offense while staying away from the effective range of an offensive blow directed at you. Straight pinches and high can be used. Tackles, takedowns, and attacks to your midsection can be sidestepped. You also have an option of jumping up from low sweep kicks. Another option is to shuffle back for avoiding the range of a sweep. This move can also prevent your attacker from grabbing your legs.

Tip 3: Counter
I can take years of practice to master counters and reversals. Many are useful for kicks and punches directed at your way because you have to move the given force back towards the attacker. Neutralizing locks or submission holds can reverse the attacks from an opponent. The amount of force used by the attacker will make it difficult for him to do another attack. Some of the counter moves are:

Straight Punch Counter
This move allows grabbing the wrist of the attacker before the punch hits you. A straight punch has a strong force and it will make both fall on the ground while the attackers arm is held tight. If you don't fall on the ground, the opponent can be pulled to the ground with force or the countered blow.

While you grip the arm of your opponent, roll over to your back and circle your legs around the opponent's trapped arm. Just above the opponent's elbow, lock your knees with your feet snug on his chest to lock the shoulder. The term used for cross armlock is Jujigatame, this can be done by pulling back on the arm and raising your hips to extend the elbow joint.

Middle Side Kick Counter
This move includes sidestepping the kick and grabbing the heel. This will make the attacker fall over positioned above arms on one knee, if this does not happen force him into that position. Now tuck one shin into the bend of the opponent's knee and then roll over to your back. Hold the kicking leg. Cross you legs to make a four and insert the leg you are holding in the pit of the four. This move will be completed by pulling down the leg bent over your shin.

When one knows how to defend against attacks, a line is drawn between life and death and the combat situation can be effectively controlled and exploited to your advantage making sure you go on the side of life.
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