The following is a guest post from Absolute Survival
Stop … think for a minute.
The bubble in the global derivatives market finally pops creating a cascading effect that collapses the global economy.
Inflation skyrockets literally overnight and angry mobs and rioters are running the streets and you decide to bug out.
Again, stop and think for a minute.
The situation is utterly chaotic and therefore the possibility of you, or a member of your family being separated from the group is highly likely.
I will go one step farther.
In a situation of a breakdown in civil order it is essentially certain that one or more people will end up separated from the group.
Now let me ask you this question …
Can the women in your life defend themselves?
Now in every survival class that I run I ask that question. Almost without exception people answer, “yes” and go on to talk about their firearms.
There are a couple of problems with this. First, very few adults can actually fire on another adult. Those few who can will close their eyes before squeezing the trigger which increases the likelihood of missing and makes it much more likely that if there are multiple people the person with the gun will be rushed.
Second, even if the firearm is on you and assuming you are willing to use it, that doesn’t mean that you’ll have the time to unholster the thing in a sudden attack.
It is for that reason that I have been saying something for quite a while:
There is not any survival skill that is more important than self defense.
Don’t tell me how great of a shot you are, or what your primitive survival skills are, or any of the rest of it.
If you can defend yourself against multiple attackers in a down and dirty, fighting for your life, kind of situation then I have no idea what kind of disaster you’re preparing for.
During Katrina rapes skyrocketed. The strong preyed on the weak. The government tried to hide that it happened claiming only 4 rapes during the multiple months that it took just to get people home.
The reality is that there were dozens in the immediate aftermath, dozens more in each of the FEMA shelters, dozens more from those that managed to stay out of the shelters. I’ve seen studies from Victim’s Rights places with sexual assault numbers well over 100 in New Orleans alone following Katrina.
Can your wife fight off a fully grown man intent on having his way with her? Do you have a teenaged daughter? What about her?
As strange as it sounds, a woman actually has a better chance of rapidly “dispatching” a male attacker intent on harm than you do.
The problem is that she needs to know how to do it. Should there be a breakdown in civil order the question is not if she will need to defend herself, but only when.
And you can count on the fact that for whatever the reason, that “when” will occur when the use of her firearm isn’t an option.
Compounding the problem is that most forms of martial arts are worthless to the point of dangerous or they are really good if it’s a man fighting another man (e.g. Krav Maga). Then there are some of the videos on YouTube that talk about “shrimping” and other nonsense techniques that will only get a woman beaten near to death.
A woman needs a specialized form of self defense that will take a man out completely in 10 seconds or less. (in this article I’m going to give you a way of doing it in just 1 second)
The thing is, a woman can actually allow the man in real close where enormous damage can be done in a very short period of time (a few seconds). A man attacking a woman is likely wanting to get in close.
She simply lets him, playing what I call, “the frightened kitten.” Pretending that she will let him do anything he wants and will be absolutely compliant if he just doesn’t hurt her.
But First …
It’s important to know a few things.
Did you know that the more options your brain has to consider, the longer it takes to make a decision?
In other words, in a situation of life-or-death self defense you actually want to limit the number of options because it will automatically make you faster and more powerful.
Martial arts created the concept of the “kata” for that reason. To teach a sequence of moves that you could do in your sleep. Once you started the idea was that you could run through the kata very quickly.
Unfortunately the original intention of the concept was lost over a few hundred years.
What I’m saying is that in a true break down of civil order the best thing you can do is have just a limited number of move sequences available to you and to your loved ones. Moves that focus on being massively devastating in a very short period of time.
But On The Other Hand …
Sometimes slowing down a touch can be a good thing.
In other words, you want your female loved one to have options to consider before she starts, but once she starts she should be in “sequence of predefined moves” mode.
You see, if there is only one set of moves to consider, then in a situation where she has very real fear because some 230 pound muscle neck is threatening to do “not nice” things to her, it becomes real easy to start the sequence too soon.
So you actually want her to have to stop and think. To slow down for a moment and consider the situation, organize her thoughts, plan her actions.
That means three or four different move sequences at least.
Not only that, but the sequences can’t rely on speed or power.
Women Need To Defend Themselves Differently …
I’m pretty hard on most forms martial arts. Some however are certainly better than others.
Krav Maga, Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, and Eskrima are three really good ones. The problem however is that they are “really good ones” for men fighting other men.
A woman trying some of the punch combinations and other moves in Krav Maga against someone 150 plus pounds heavier than her is going to get hurt.
A woman needs to focus on pressure points and on striking in “opposites”.
In other words, hitting from two sides at once (more on what I mean here in a bit) and each of those strikes is against some kind of pressure point.
Further, I have what I call a “10 second rule.”
Once a woman starts an “active defense” she should have a man utterly incapacitated in 10 seconds or less.
Now you might be thinking that if a woman can do that to a man, why can’t another man do it?
The answer there is simple and goes to what I said earlier. If the woman pretends to be scared, if she lets him in, the man is naturally going to allow her arms and legs in places that he won’t allow another man’s.
He’ll want her arms up above both her head and his. He’ll want her legs outside of his.
And he’s going to get nice and close.
Again, if the woman is smart, she’ll play the “frightened kitten.”
“Please don’t hurt me, I’ll do whatever you want, just please don’t hurt me.”
The whole deal ... tears and all if she can muster them knowing she’s about to kick the crap out of the guy.
It goes without saying that a woman is going to be weaker than a man. That doesn’t mean that a woman can’t strike a man in a way that causes “energy internalization.”
What I mean is that all of the energy from her strike is so completely internalized by the guy she is defending herself against that even taps feel to him as if he’s being hit by a hammer.
An example of what I’m talking about …
The guy has gotten close, the woman is backed up against a wall and he’s leaning in to give the frightened little thing a kiss thinking he’s won. Her arms are up resting on his shoulders when she hits both ears simultaneously using the palms of her hand.
Even a light tap against both ears and he’ll think he’s been hit with a baseball bat. That same light tap can rupture one of the two ear drums and cause momentary disorientation.
Now imagine that she actually gives those ears a good stiff “whack.”
He’ll think he just got hit by a bus!
The disorientation of something like that can literally last several seconds.
Now remember, opposites. The “active defense” has now started, the clock’s ticking, she’s got ten seconds.
So if she started up at his head, following the rule of opposites, she’ll know go down to his feet, picking up one leg she will want to stomp down onto the top of one of his feet hard with the heel of her foot.
Even if he’s wearing steel-toed jack boots we’re talking about breaking some of the small bones of his feet.
This guy who was reeling from the first blow is going to really move backwards and he’s going to start doubling over from the pain in the ears and his foot. Basically as he backs away he’s going to be bending over.
In this instance, distance is a bad thing so she will stay close, moving forward as he backs away and she will grab the side of his head and cram her thumbs into his eyes.
Now this part is important, she actually doesn’t want to push straight in, but instead will want to push upward like she’s trying to get in between the eyeball and the eye orbit and into the skull.
This will hurt really bad and the massive increase in “ocular pressure” will cause temporary blindness after the attack has halted.
But that’s not what we’re after here. What we’re after is the natural reflex that will occur when he tries to get away from the pain … lifting his chin.
Now what she does is pull one hand away from his head and she’ll want to use her open hand to strike the throat using the curve at the thumb as it joins in with the palm to head up to the index finger.
This will cause him to drop right where he stands.
That sequence takes less than 1 second if practiced and the man will be wondering if he is going to die or not when she’ done
He’ll probably be deaf, he won’t be capable of walking on one of his legs because of the broken bones in one of his feet, he’s going to be unable to see anything but blurry images if he can see at all, and he’ll be struggling to draw a breath.
In other words he will be absolutely unable to chase after her even if she simply walks calmly away.
Not bad for something that only took 1 second to execute.
The great thing about this is that it will work even if the “woman” defending herself is 12 years old and 90 pounds soaking wet and the man is 300 pounds.
It doesn’t matter how big a man is, how strong he is or any of that. If the girl/woman can just play along enough that the man feels safe letting her have her hands above his shoulders without trying to “control” her arms by holding them this sequence will work.
Even a very big man isn’t going to have any kind of defense against having his ears slammed like that. Just that one blow by itself is often enough.
But “often” isn’t “always” which is why she should continue with other strikes. The next strike against one of his feet stops him from even trying to chase after her.
The last strike against his throat is to make any attempt to chase after her literally impossible. This sequence of moves, properly executed, will always work and once started there is no defense against it.
A Quick Word About The Neck
The human “physiological system” is designed to defend this sensitive area. If you notice, what we are after with the “eye gouge” thing with the thumbs is really to get him to lift his chin, which will be tucking from the first two blows.
Not only that, but some men are very tall. This sequence is really designed to give even a very short girl access to even a very tall man’s neck. The first two blows are designed to force him to double over. Jabbing the thumbs into the eyes is designed to get him to lift his chin now that he’s bent over enough that his neck is now reachable.
Striking the front of the neck will cause instantaneous “distress” in the man she is defending herself against.
And Another Thing
In fact that brings up something else.
This particular sequence of moves is very dangerous. So dangerous that someone well trained in the last neck strike can kill people.
The first strike against the ears is probably going to cause so much pressure in the inner ear that the ear drums in both ears are crushed causing what is likely to be permanent deafness. The eye gouge can absolutely cause permanent blindness.
Like I said, this sequence of moves is very dangerous. It will cause long term or even permanent harm against an attacker (making it unlikely he’ll try to do it to anyone else ever again).
Therefore, this sequence should be practiced very slowly. You’ve seen the TV shows with the martial arts monk guy going through moves at a glacial pace. Well, that’s the speed that this sequence should be practiced at.
Any faster and you risk your loved one hurting whoever they are practicing with very severely by accident.
There Is A Huge Possibility With This
The first two strikes really do hurt a lot.
It is more than a little likely that between the ear smack and the foot stomp that the guy just collapses right where he is. Should that happen he isn’t going far for a good 30 seconds or even longer. Should the guy just collapse, now is the time to run away. No further strikes are needed.
But We Do Have A Problem
This sequence is designed to allow a woman to defend herself against a single attacker.
The problem is that in a breakdown of civil order there is a very real possibility that she’ll have to defend herself against three to five attackers.
Fortunately there’s an answer to that, and that answer comes in the next article in this series.
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