Self Defense Techniques …
Find What Works for YOU!
In this section of our site we start with basic self defense techniques. We talk about avoiding attack and staying safe. And we cover blocking and basic self defense moves.
Let’s start with some basic advice. You are unique. You have strengths and weaknesses just like everyone. The right self defense moves for you depend on…YOU!
They depend on things like your age, your physical build and condition and your level of training.
There are thousands of self defense techniques out there. And many of them are really simple.
Simple is a good place to start. When you start learning self defense, concentrate on good, solid basic techniques. And work on them until they are right.
At first learn to avoid, evade and block.
Then in time you can let your own self-defense program evolve as you evolve. It’s great to discover your unique talents and as your skills develop.
As the great martial artist Bruce Lee said ‘absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is uniquely your own’.
The first rule of self defense. Don’t be there.
This self-defense technique requires NO strength. The force of the punch is forwards. So you don’t need any strength to knock it sideways. And the stronger the punch comes in, the more a well timed block like this will send an attacker off balance.
To do this technique well you need to be aware, have good movement and timing and soft and yielding technique.
The more relaxed you become. The more effective your block will be.
Time and practice are all it takes. And with time and practice your movement and block will become an instinctive part of your taekwondo self defense.
Here’s some great self defense moves you can try.
Once you avoid the hit, stay safe and take control
Chances are your attacker is pretty angry that his punch missed. And he’s fired up to attack you again.
You need to do something.
You can see in this example that Master Park grabs the attackers wrist and pushes the arm up. At the same time he steps into a solid, centered horse-riding stance and chambers his other hand ready to strike.
The attacker is off balance and vulnerable. And Master Park is balanced and poised to attack.
This would be a good moment for the attacker to surrender!
Next do what works best for you