It is important to accept that your safety and wellbeing comes before that of anyone who tries to hurt you. You have the right to defend yourself and preserve your life and the life of those you protect. Although some basics are more effective in certain combinations, basics may be used in any number of combinations. One person’s order of defense may not be the same as the next. The key is for you to put yourself in a position to escape. 

Our time will be spent on re-discovering natural instincts. Names have been given to natural movement for training purposes. Refined details often taught in formal martial arts settings are omitted for simplicity. Natural reactive movement is what we will explore.

Non-Fighting Stance
Flailing Arms
Ear Box
Thumb Gouge
Hair Pulling
Heel of Palm Strikes
Hammer Fist
Elbow Strikes

Recover from Floor

From a seated position on the floor, this technique allows you to stand and face your attacker without turning away. Do the following while looking forward.

  1. Place one hand behind you toward the back corner resting on that hip side with that leg straight.

  2. Bend other leg and raise other hand in front of you as if signaling “stop.”

  3. With the bent leg raise your body in the air (you can kick with the straight leg if needed).

  4. Tuck the straight leg underneath your hip and step back toward your hand that is on the floor.

  5. Stand and move away from the attacker.  Turn and run only when safe to turn your back.


Enough cannot be said about visualization. If you can see yourself doing it, you can do it. It is a very useful technique and has been visually expressed in the blockbusters Sherlock Holmes and The Last Samurai. Visualize while getting ready to walk to your car, while getting ready for a jog, on your lunch break, whenever. You can also increase your reaction time by visualizing “what if” situations and seeing what you would do if confronted by an attacker.

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